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Questions tagged [australia]

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

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If I'm an independent contractor in Australia, doing small jobs for a company in NY, do I pay taxes to Australia or The US?

I'm an Australian citizen, living in Australia. I've started doing some writing work for a company in NY on a project-by-project basis. The C.O.O asked if I could send him a W2 form. Having done a ...
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Is credit history more important than amount of savings when applying for a mortgage?

I am currently in Australia and fixing to buy a house here. What is given more value when I apply for a mortgage to buy a unit in an apartment: a sound credit history, or a lot of savings in the bank ?...
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Superannuation: When low risk options have higher return, what to do?

I have heard many times that if you are a young worker who still has many many years ahead of you before you retire, you should choose a relatively high risk/return investment option for your super, ...
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In Australia how are medical costs calculated?

I have a young family and my wife and I are under the assumption that if a major surgery needed to take place that costs are covered by the government. I would like to understand what the situation ...
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How to properly understand international wire transfers?

I am having a ridiculous time with international (inwards, to Australian account) wire transfers. They have about a 50% chance of succeeding, and I don't know who is being honest with me when things ...
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Investing in DHA property in Queensland

I was interested in investing in DHA (Defence Housing Australia) properties in Queensland. Does anyone who may have any DHA investment properties within Queensland know how these properties have ...
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Deciding on whether to redraw from mortgage

I'm trying to work out whether or not there will be any benefit in redrawing from my mortgage to pay off my car loan. The idea is that if I pay off the loan, I can use the monthly car payments as ...
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Am I able to conduct a private sale of public shares at a price that I determine?

I was wondering if it were at all possible to sell my own shares to someone specific at a price I determine? Let's say I have $1,000 worth of an arbitrary publicly traded company and I wanted to sell ...
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Can I transfer my West Australian rock lobster quota units into my SMSF?

Is it possible to transfer my pre-owned Western Australian Rock Lobster fishery quota units into my existing SMSF?
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What are the tax implications of purchasing mutual funds in the US with Australian dollars?

I am a dual citizen of Australia and the US, and a resident of the US. I have some savings in Australia that I would like to use to purchase mutual funds in the US. If I make the purchases using ...
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Money transfer from Australia to India - avoid receiving ends service tax

How to avoid service tax at receiving bank in India
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Can I make PayPal release pending balance on personal payment sooner than 30 days?

My uncle and my brother sent me some money over paypal recently, but it says I have to wait 30 days to receive it. It was made as personal payment. Is there any way to get that money any faster? I ...
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What are the tax ramifications of an Australian citizen purchasing mortgage notes secured by California real estate?

I an an Australian citizen, and I am interested in purchasing mortgage notes secured by California real estate. The payments are tendered monthly. What are the tax ramifications in the US? Is there a ...
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Should I move my UK ISA balance into an Australian savings account prior to emigrating?

I have around £6000 in a Santander UK easy ISA, the interest rate on this is 0.10% as listed here I'm planning to emigrate to Australian in the next year, so will be setting up a bank account soon. ...
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Are there any disadvantages to DHA Investment Properties?

In Australia, Defence Housing Australia (DHA) sells a selection of their properties to private investors under a leaseback arrangement in order to supplement housing supply for the Australian Defence ...
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What will be the consequences if Negative Gearing is abolished in Australia?

There has been recent speculation in the Australian media about the Government possibly abolishing Negative Gearing in Australia in order to shore up falling revenues. In fact certain interest groups ...
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How can I deposit USD money in my Australian checking account while incurring as small a fee as possible?

I'm moving to Australia next month (from France) and am receiving monthly US dollar checks (from some affiliate marketing activities I have in the US). In Australia, I will have an Australian checking ...
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Can my wife claim a deduction for her personal superannuation contribution if she got the Parental Leave Pay?

My wife is self-employed and had a baby last year for which she claimed the Parental Leave Pay from the Federal Government (a bit over $10K over 18 weeks). She had to enter the amount in Item 1 - ...
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Can I transfer my investment property into a SMSF?

I have two existing investment properties which I am looking to hold for the long term, basically to provide me with rental income in my retirement. If I set up a SMSF can I transfer these properties ...
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How to choose a good tenant as a private landlord?

I have 2 rental houses and am sick of the real estate agents providing such bad service. I have changed real estates 3 times over the past 5 years and I have come to the conclusion that I am the best ...
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How secure is payWave debit card compared to a chip-and-PIN one?

My bank in Australia (SuncorpMetway) just issued me a new payWave Debit card (VISA) to replace my old/expiring savings account card. My old card required a PIN for any withdrawal or purchase. I ...
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Which instrument to use to trace the Aussie Stock Market?

The best way to achieve market returns is to get into a product that traces the market, right? So I have found two such potential products to trace the ASX 200. The first is an ETF, STW.AX (SPDR 200 ...
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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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How much time does one have to pay an invoice in Australia?

How long, legally, does one have, to pay an invoice? I have done extensive research on this, and there are too many contradictions on the Internet and a lot of it seems, to me, to be hearsay. I cannot ...
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How frequently is the list of constituents that make up the S&P/ASX 300 updated?

How frequently is the list of constituents that make up the S&P/ASX 300 updated? Is it once a month on the 1st Monday of the month, or daily, etc?
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Safety of keeping savings in a mortgage account

I have a mortgage account and a separate (yet linked) savings account with a certain Australian bank. This bank draws a minimum mortgage repayment from the savings account into the mortgage account ...
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Why is mortgage interest deductible in the USA for a house you live in?

In Australia, if you have a mortgage on the house you live in the interest and other expenses are not tax deductible, unless you rent out one or some of the rooms or run a business from your home, in ...
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How can a single member SMSF be set up?

In a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) each member has to be a trustee or a director of a corporate trustee and each trustee or director of a corporate trustee a member. However, a SMSF cannot ...
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Whom do I pay the rent to?

I live in a house owned 50/50 by a brother and sister. The sister has moved out so it's just myself and her brother and she has asked me to pay rent just to her and her brother to receive nothing as ...
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Can I claim a SuperAnnuation -loss- on my 2011-2012 Australian Tax Office tax return?

can i claim any super annuation -loss- in an Australia Tax Office (ATO) tax return? if so, what section please?
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Is it possible to create a self-managed superannuation fund to act as a mortage offset? (Australia)

I have forced investments via Australia's mandatory superannuation scheme. The value of this is about half the value of the remaining mortgage debt on my own home. If I had access to this money, I ...
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Rewards credit card for large repeating purchases in Australia

I have no revolving credit card debt: I pay it off every month. I also have a significant throughput of charging/paying off, including a large repeating medical cost that will be at least $3000 every ...
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Which loan should I offset?

Imagine I have two loans, one is 300k and the other is 50k. I also have an offset account with 35k in it. All income is going in to the offset account and so it should rise rapidly. If i offset the ...
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Commencing a Pension from an SMSF

If I have bought a number of investment properties through my SMSF during the accumulation phase, which are all or mostly paid off with net positive income by the time I reach preservation age and ...
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Buying an Investment Property in a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF)

What is the best way to structure the purchase of an investment property in a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF)? Now that limited recourse borrowing is allowed in SMSFs to purchase assets such as ...
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Which reward/benefits card is the best value for money in Australia?

As per the question this is based off: Which card do you use and why? Some cards are similar but some not. This will also be affected by personal preference, so indicate why you chose a certain ...
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Residence vs investment property in Australia?

I find the Australian property tax laws really confusing. If you live in a house that you own, then it is your residence. In which case, you cannot claim the interest as a tax deduction. However, you ...
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What is a good rental yield?

If you are thinking of buying a property for investment purposes, what is a good gross yield? I've been told you should take 3 zero's off the price of the property, so if a property is worth 400,000, ...
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What are Binary Options?

What are binary options, what can they be traded on and what is the process in trading them? Also, are there any brokers in Australia who offer binary options?
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I work in both Sweden and Australia - should I declare Australian based income overseas?

I am an Australian citizen working in both Sweden and Australia. I have been in Sweden for just over 3 years, my partner is Swedish. I travel to Australia regularly, at least twice a year, where I ...
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Trouble sticking to a budget when using credit cards for day to day transactions?

I recently got a credit card which is linked to an airline, and has a flyer points program for every dollar spent on the card in each billing period. Wanting to make the most of this, I started using ...
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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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Transfer money from US (“prepaid”) VISA Debit to AU bank account

I have a Citi prepaid VISA Debit card (these kind of cards) that has been issued in the US. I live in Australia, and would like to move money off of the card into my bank account. For reference, the ...
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Deposit a cheque in an alternative name into a personal bank account (Australia)

I'd like to be able to deposit cheques payable to a business name into my personal bank account. I do not have a company (Pty Ltd) and at this stage it's probably more trouble than it's worth to set ...
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Should I put things like Family Payments, Interest on savings .. everything .. under my wife's name for Australian taxation reasons?

so it's tax time again. My wife and I aren't sure who's name/names we should be putting any of our incomes into for Australian Taxation reasons. To keep this simple, I'll use some fake numbers to ...
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Can business in Australia charge a transaction fee for using a credit card?

Related to the question of whether a merchant can charge you more if you want to use a credit card, I'm wondering if this is a common practice in Australia (and if the question I just linked to is ...
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Where is a useful comparison of Australian Superannuation schemes? [closed]

I'm a New Zealander that has previously worked in Australia long enough to have some superannuation there, but the political agreements that NZ has with Australia don't currently let me take my ...
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How does taxation change when I have a child?

My wife & I currently both work full-time (in Australia) and I'm curious what changes would take place to our income taxation when we move from 2 incomes & no dependents to 1 income with 1 non-...
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If I have all this stock just sitting there, how can I lend it out to people for short selling?

Short sellers need to borrow stock in order to short sell. I understand they typically get this stock through a broker though some sort of arrangement where they pay interest. I was wondering, how ...
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I'm in Australia. What should I look for in an online stock broker, for trading mostly on the ASX?

I'm currently with ETrade, and just from doing a little research, I think they're a little expensive. They're about $25 a trade where as other places are $15. I was wondering, when finding an online ...