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For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of Australia.

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How to pay Australian GST for an overseas journal fee?

I have to pay open access publication fees for a journal in Hong Kong. The payment is supposed to be transferred via swift. Apparently, according to new rules, I should pay GST for this service (...
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Is it best to pay back only the minimal compulsory payments for HECS-HELP student loans in Australia?

I have a considerable amount in student loans by Australian standards. I have multiple degrees and they allowed me to get a job that pays well. With such a job, the Australian government requires me ...
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Tax deduction for donating to international charity

If one sponsors a child from an impoverished country through a charity like Save the Children international, can this contribution still be considered tax deductible in Australia?
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How is a non-resident Sole Trader in Australia taxed on freelance work?

I am considering doing remote freelance work for an Australian business as a Sole Trader with an Australia Business Number (ABN). I am a non-resident in Australia. My question is: do I pay taxes on ...
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Personal contributions to Super as a freelancer

My question relates to this question: Personal Contribution to Superannuation Plan , except that the scenario is that I'm a freelancer - and I'm not sure what my yearly income will be. I've landed a ...
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Australia tax on different investment asset classes

Within a single financial year, if I make $500,000 from the stock market and I purchase a rental property with that profit, am I taxed when the property is sold (in a future financial year) or is the ...
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Rates and valuation notice is it equivalent to market value of a property in Victoria, Australia?

I received a rates and valuation notice from the council and the valuation of the property is approximately $80,000 less than what I paid for it 6 months ago. This is my first mortgage property and I ...
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Claim duty back on phone purchased via contract termination because moving overseas

6 months ago I signed up for a 24 month phone plan which included a phone at no additional cost. Today I am preparing to move from Australia to the UK for a new job and I will have to cancel my ...
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Australian with investments home now living in the UK

I'm an Australian living in the UK. I've been here for about 3 years. Recently, I have moved most of my Australian savings into a Vanguard Index fund in Australia last year. I am planning on staying ...
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How to estimate for Capital Gains when investing in Vanguard Managed Funds

I am saving up money now for my daughters college education which will happen in 18 - 20 years. My plan is to invest in vanguard ETF - "Vanguard Australian Shares Index Fund(VAS)" with an initial ...
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How is a lump sum to make up salary underpayment taxed in Australia?

I have been underpaid for a period of over two years. If I am paid the back-pay that is owed to me as a lump sum, is that considered part of my income for the current tax year? If so, that means it ...
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Property and investments in the UK but living in Australia what tax is due?

We are thinking of emigrating to Australia. We have a property in the UK that we wish to rent and we have some investments. This income would arise in the UK. But living in Australia would mean we ...
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Yahoo's finance data for dividends is flat out wrong for CBA.AX. Why is that? [closed]

I looked the the dividend history for CBA.AX https://au.finance.yahoo.com/quote/CBA.AX/history?period1=686152800&period2=1525010400&interval=div%7Csplit&filter=div&frequency=1d and ...
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Personal Contribution to Superannuation Plan

I am from Australia and have a question regarding retirement planning. I am trying to make a decision if I should start making after tax contributions to my Super to match my employer contribution. I ...
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Converting British Pounds to USD or AUD [closed]

Given the current state of the economy and the future out look, what would be the best option for someone who has to move pounds to either AUD or USD? What would be the advantages or disadvantages of ...
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Sell anonymously on PayPal

I'd like to sell digital photos through my website using PayPal to help fund my photography hobby. Staying anonymous is important to me, so I don't want my name or address disclosed to buyers. A ...
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Save up more money than necessary for house purchase or borrow more?

I live with my parents and thus have very little expenses and believe I am saving quite well, even have some money in shares. Have a stable job (albeit relatively low paying as I am a junior, just out ...
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How do I determine if another party has filed me for bankruptcy in Australia?

I understand here in Australia, company can file for bankruptcy on your behalf or without you even knowing if you owe them money over $5000. How do I do a “free” search on the bankruptcy site. I need ...
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What's the safest/easiest thing I can add to my credit report

I'm in the excellent range on the credit score, but recently it started falling due to lack of (recent) credit report entries. Since it's only 1pt / month, over last half a year, I don't care that ...
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How to protect from fraud when giving out CVV

In Australia, it seems like a common practice that when paying for something over the phone, the guy on the other side asks for the credit card number, expiry and the CVV number ! I have never had to ...
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Tax impact of receiving a bank transfer and making a purchase for a friend?

I have a permanent residency in Australia, and I have a bank account there. A friend asked me if he can transfer money to my account and then I send it to a bitcoin exchange that he wants to work with....
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Commonwealth Bank of Australia said they don't have SWIFT 103 message for International money transfer

few days ago i posted this wondering about how long a transfer could take from Australia to Tunisia. And today marks the 2 weeks period and i still got nothing, so i contacted my banker and he asked ...
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Withdrawing income from a self-managed super fund holding a rental property?

Do I need to sell my rental property (fully paid for) in my Super fund to start withdrawing from the funds on a monthly basis to live on at 60 years of age, or can I keep renting it and just access ...
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Best way to pay myself from my company when my marginal tax rate is higher than the company tax rate?

I'm working as an IT contractor in Australia and I'm about to move from a sole trader model to a Ltd company. I'm trying to work out the most tax effective way of paying myself in my own company, for ...
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Concession Calculation Victoria State Australia Stamp Duty

Is any calculation method available to calculate stamp duty concession in Victoria, Australia between $600,000 - $750,000? I did a lot of research but unable to find the formula to calculate the same. ...
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What actions 'encumber' shares?

Reading through a shareholder agreement, I encountered the following section: Encumbering shares Subject to a special resolution of the shareholders to the contrary, no shareholder shall ...
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How to calculate a Borrowing capacity for homeloan

Create a Calculator for How Much I can borrow?.I can't get an Idea how can I get priciple amount.I have following things with me. Salary (Net) = 4000/Monthly Expense = 1200 Monthly Saving =...
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What is serviceable income factor and how its use in calculation?

I want to borrow a loan.Loan for 25 years and 3.75% is interest rate.I have calculate a surplus amount but I can't understand Serviceable Income Factor and Interest Rate Buffer. salary=4000; // ...
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Australian freelancing in UK

I am an Australian citizen and resident for tax purposes, but I have recently moved to the UK and planning on staying here for around 6 months. I have a valid working visa. I have picked up some ...
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Australian Tax Digital Nomad

I am a NZ citizen working for an Australian company being paid into an Australian bank account through an Australian tax number and visiting Australia every 4-6 weeks for 3-4 days work related. I ...
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Do mortgage offset accounts typically accrue interest at high balances?

Say someone has a 100% offset account on their mortgage. This means that if they have: Loan amount: $150k Offset balance: $100k ...then their interest is computed as if they only owe $50k on the ...
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How to SWIFT transfer USD to an overseas bank receiving in USD from Australia without double fx conversion?

Say, I have some USD cash ~$2K. I want to transfer it to an overseas USD bank account in USD (must be SWIFT). However an Ozzi bank will make me first convert USD cash in AUD, then deposit into my ...
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Tax implications of elective dual US/AU citizenship

I am a US citizen born in the US to an American mother and Australian father. I am eligible to apply for Australian citizenship via citizenship by descent. I live and work entirely in the US and plan ...
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Unable to receive money from MoneyGram

I'm an Indian citizen and last time my Australian friend had sent me some cash through money gram. But I was unable to withdraw. MoneyGram said that the person sending money should also be an Indian....
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How to calculate Stamp duty of North Territory in Australia?

Northern Territory Stamp Duty - General Rate Duty is calculated on the purchase price or unencumbered value of the dutiable property, whichever is the greater, as follows: Where the dutiable value ...
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Can I claim stamp duty as a tax deduction on my investment property?

We bought an investment property last year, and it's our first, so we're trying to figure out how to do our tax return. Is our stamp duty and lawyer costs tax deductible? Like say, if I purchased a ...
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Should I wait till after I buy my investment property to get a new job?

So I'm considering buying an investment property. We plan to borrow 100% using our existing property as a security. However, this isn't an issue with cash flow - it's just for tax purposes (we'll ...
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Is it a good idea to get an principal and interest loan for an investment property?

At the moment, we have an investment property where we're paying 4.5% interest on an interest only loan. I'm considering moving to another bank which offer 3.88% fixed for 2 years but it can't be ...
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“Missing” Apartment Rent Payment

So I'm currently renting an apartment through real estate agent. I've been paying monthly. They claimed that they didn't receive the May payment and there is no unclaimed money in their account. I ...
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Low Value Pool and Investment Properties

If I have some investment properties which are being negative geared and I buy some new capital items such as a dishwasher or an air conditioner for the properties, what are the advantages and ...
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Transfer to Bank of America from Australia

I made an online transfer to Bank of America from Australia. The SWIFT code, routing number, name and address of the receiver are correct. However, I made a mistake in one digit of the account number. ...
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Borrowing money to buy shares for cashflow?

I currently have lots of equity in my house in Sydney. I am holding 2 investment properties that are negative and really draining my cash flow as we have young kids and wife only works part time. I ...
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If I live and do work in the United States but am paid to a bank account in Australia, where do I pay income taxes?

I live and work in the US (I am a resident here for tax purposes) I was paid to a bank account in Australia, but don't live there (I'm not a resident in Aus for tax purposes) Where do I pay income ...
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Why be a nominal shareholder in an ASX listed company?

I bought a copy of the share register for an ASX listed company today, and I was surprised to see around a hundred entities holding some nominal number of shares (usually one). In fact, I found about ...
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Do I need loans for a good credit score? [duplicate]

I've never required legal loans from banks/businesses (eg: home loan, car loan) Will this affect my credit score if i've never been in debt but later on in life decide to get a loan? Edit: Also, ...
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Will we get taxed on money transferred from my spouse's savings in USA to Australia?

My husband is an American citizen while I'm an Australian. We intend to move to Australia in few years. We reside in the USA at the moment. If I transfer my husband's saving to my Australian bank now, ...
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Investment fund or ETF sanity check / ideas

I'm interested in moving some of my savings to either a managed fund or ETFs. Around 50k AUD in total + ongoing additions. Now I'm trying to decide whether to find a managed fund, or use Vanguard ...
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Is there a problem with withdrawing large amounts at a bank? Australia

If I want to withdraw $50,000 out of my bank. I know i'll be met with some suspicion at the bank and that they'll have to file reports. What are the symptoms of doing this in Australia. Will I enter ...
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Why an inner suburbs small apartment considered a risky investment

Recently I was looking at some properties available in large cities inner suburbs (in this case Sydney and Melbourne). What I found is that there are many small apartments available for rather ...
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Subsidised full-time course vs paid internship with student-debt?

My wife is looking at doing a teaching degree and is trying to decide between a standard two-year full time government-subsidised course which costs $6K/year and a three-year "internship" course where ...