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How can I purchase a car when no one will loan to me?

My wife's car recently broke down, and is in need of replacing. My own car is also on its last legs so we intended to purchase something new-ish (2015-2017 model) to get something a little more ...
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Obtaining Figures For Australian GST Business Activity Statement From GNUCash

I have been entering all my financial records into GNUCash, and now I need to find the most efficient way to extract all the needed figures for the BAS. The Income & GST Statement looks like the ...
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Can I apply for immigration if I have a house mortgage to pay?

I am planning to continue to pay the mortgage after immigration. But I don't know if the bank will allow me to pay house mortgage from another country.
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Is it better for a couple to buy a house together?

Is it better for a couple to buy a house together; forfeiting (I believe) one of their First home buyer's grant. This way both put into the loan and it gets paid off much sooner resulting in less ...
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What exactly is an Indirect Cost Ratio?

The Australian Superannuation fund I use has no fixed annual fee, no percentage based management fee, and no investment fee. (The fund is EISS - link to their Product Disclosure Statement here) ...
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How to find out where my superannuation is invested

I want to know more about where my superannuation money is being invested. When I log in to my account, it shows me which asset classes my money is invested in, and what percentage of my total ...
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Declaring income when self-employed

As described here, I earn extra money (around $7000 per year) from a second job, in which I am running a business as a sole trader. Due to the nature of the work, I am mostly paid in cash, and deposit ...
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Change in equity in a company

I'm very new to being a shareholder in a business and know nothing of the financial side because I am just a shareholder and not allowed to view the accounts etc. Long story short my % in the company (...
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Is it better to draw down offset or finance a vehicle purchase (or neither)?

Suppose you have something like: House 1 - ~$550k value. You live here. House 2 - ~$575k value. Investment property. Tenanted at $570/week. Loan 1 - $250k, 3.9% variable P&I, $1500 monthly ...
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Put savings in Shares or Superannuation

I am 25 and live in Australia. As such my employer must pay 9.5% of my wage into a superannuation retirement account. I have and continue to save and currently have 18k in a savings account earning ...
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Saving for a house/saving in general vs putting my money in Super vs paying off my student loan

I'm at a point of my career where I'm starting to earn decent money and can put decent chunks away. The question I have is mostly around whether I should max out my superannuation contributions in ...
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Is buying an apartment a worse choice than renting, currently (2019) in Australia?

For one reason or another, an apartment is considered a bad investment in Australian cities. This is because the demand here isn't huge yet (people in general would rather live outer-city in houses/...
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How do reserve banks influence home-loan interest rates?

On the First Tuesday of every month the board of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meets and sets the target for the cash rate. I understand that they are trying to adjust the amount of money ...
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Do I need an ABN for self-employment?

I work as a private tutor in addition to my full-time job in the public sector. I know that I will need to include any additional income on my tax return since I will need to pay an extra tax. Do I ...
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A person wants to deposit 2.1 million into my account [duplicate]

A man wants me to transfer 2.1 million into my account and then have me purchase properties with the money. Am I being scammed? He has given his banking info, Password, and routing information.
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Do any Australian banks allow PayWave/PayPass over $100?

I use PayPass regularly on my MasterCard. I knew there was a $100 limit on contactless transactions, but I always thought you could go above that - and you'd just have to enter your PIN to authorise ...
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Can I pay a non-USA resident in stock?

I have a private C-corp company. I have a guy in Australia who is doing some work for me soon as a contractor. Is it possible to pay him in stock in my US based company? If so, is there anything ...
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Are there tax rates for couples in Australia?

I'm a New Zealander who has moved to Australia to work. I'm getting married this year - we will both be living in Australia. She is a student on a scholarship, and I work fulltime. I'm wondering ...
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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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Living in New Zealand, working remotely for an Australian company - taxes go where?

I am a British citizen, currently residing in New Zealand under a 5 year Work Visa and for the past year have been working for a New Zealand based company. I am just about to change jobs to work ...
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In a loan, how does account/admin fees work? [closed]

For a loan, how does monthly/yearly account fees work? Do they get added to the loan balance and will then affect the interest?
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Paypal and Tax In Australia

I am a blogger and live in a country where PayPal does not exist. My relative lives in Australia. If I use his PayPal this way, will I have to pay Australian tax? (He does not have a PayPal account ...
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I had a tax return completed in Australia and New Zealand and have been taxed in both. How does this work?

I moved of to Australia part way through the tax year and then returned to New Zealand and worked. When I filed my tax return, it was automatically complete in New Zealand due to the IR3 file, but a ...
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How do I protect myself in this situation, and get a receipt for my payment?

Just over 3 weeks ago I bumped into someone's car on accident. There was no apparent damage to their car, but I insisted we exchange details in case. The person refused and said it was all right. ...
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With the Fringe Benefits Tax, should I even salary sacrifice for a car?

In Australia, some employers offer an option to salary sacrifice a car purchase. The cost of the car is taken from your pre-tax salary, so your gross income will be less, and therefore, your income ...
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Australia- Bank account for newborn

I have just acquired a newborn, a would like some advice in setting up long term financial plan. I don't have a target amount in mind, just to have some money to help her when older (roughly 18-21 ...
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Tracking GST/VAT from invoice to payment

Contrived example: Alice and Bob both work for Charlie, who runs a lawnmowing service. Charlie bills $100 plus 10% GST/VAT for the job. If Alice does the job, she gets $50 - if Bob does the job, he ...
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What to do with copper coins in Australia

I've got a handful of Australian 1 and 2 cent coins, which are no longer regularly used (unlike the scenario in How to get rid of spare change). Much as I like feathertail gliders and frilled neck ...
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US permanent resident, AUS citizen federal retirement benefits

I have a relative who is an Australian citizen. They moved to the US at age 25, became a US permanent resident, worked and paid federal US taxes for ~30 years. At no point did they pay Australian ...
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When ANZ bank replaces a lost or damaged ATM card, will the new card be a duplicate or an entirely new card?

My bank here in Australia is currently ANZ bank. If I ask them to replace a damaged or lost card, will the new card be an exact duplicate or is a brand new card issues? Specifically, will the new ...
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What are my options for cashing out or consolidating my Kiwisaver and Australian Super?

I am a New Zealand citizen who has been contributing to Kiwisaver for the last five years in New Zealand, and have since moved to Australia, where I am making Australian Super contributions here. I'...
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non-resident: Shares trading in Australia

How can I trade shares in Australia while being a non-resident for tax purposes? Are their any special considerations just for not being in Australia?
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Transferring inheritance in Australian dollars to the US

Should I transfer inheritance in Australian dollars to the US, where I live as tax resident? The exchange rate is currently so low, but is this better to lose money on the exchange rate rather than ...
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If I plan to buy a car in cash, should I let the dealer know?

Is it desirable for them if I paid in full? Should I let them know or should I keep it to myself? Will I get lower prices if I was willing to pay in full?
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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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How to contribute to my super account while a non-resident for tax purposes?

I'm an Australian who's residing overseas and I'm a non-resident for tax purposes who's sole source of income in Australian is interest on a savings account. I want to contribute to my super account ...
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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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Effect of company issued options on share price

A company has 100,000 shares and 100,000 unexercised call options (company issued). Share price and strike price both at $1. I assume the fact that these options exist will slow any price increases ...
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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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How does the US Estate Tax affect an Australian with investments domiciled in the US?

The Australian Stock Exchange lists several popular Exchange Traded Funds that provided exposure to the US market (e.g. IVV and VTS). Some of these are CHESS Depositary Interests (CDIs), described in ...
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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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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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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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Overpaid Rent Owed By Real Estate

Over the course of my last lease I had overpaid around 2 weeks rent to the real estate. I was notified of this when I moved out, but despite chasing them up about it they have failed to refund me the ...
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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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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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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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Should I invest when in debt?

I have just consolidated my debt and am thinking where I want to be in the future. My payment plan is to be debt-free in three years. It is not an extremely aggressive plan; I still want to have a ...