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Salary packaging in Australia

How does salary packaging work in Australia (2020)? Is it effectively just a tax deduction for high ongoing vehicle costs? (For example, to determine whether salary packaging is a personally ...
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What are the implications of an Australian-domiciled S&P 500 ETF?

So I'm considering investing in the Australian IVV S&P 500 ETF. In 2018 it was converted from a US-domiciled fund listed on the ASX using depository receipts to an Australian-domiciled fund. I ...
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Late Vendor Invoice still pay on the day due? [closed]

One of our vendor has this habit of sending Tax Invoice late or not send at all, and expects payment from us when they sent through a monthly statement after. For Example, If our agreed payment term ...
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Forced closure of retirement fund: Best use of lump sum

I have been working in Australia for several years, with a temporary residence visa. I expect to soon be returning to my home country (UK). At this point, my superannuation account will be closed, ...
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Donating to a 501c charity from Australia

I make monthly donations to various open source projects via Open Collective which is a 501(c)(6) organisation. I live, work and pay tax in Australia. Are these donations tax deductible in Australia?
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Can Directors issue themselves shares during raise?

I was wondering if it is legal for company directors that also work and operate the business to gift themselves shares during a capital raise in order to retain their controlling interest in the ...
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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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Tax and CFDs - is income on withdrawal or at trade execution? Australia

I wonder if for tax purposes, is income realised when funds are withdrawn into a bank account or when a profitable position has been closed? From what I understand so far, it is probably the latter. ...
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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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Is it illegal to buy and sell foreign currency? [closed]

I have Australian Dollars. Is it illegal if I use the AUD dollar to buy USA dollar and later sell it for profit?
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Optimising super contributions, with intent to buy a house

I want to check if my understanding here is correct: Here's my situation: I earn $135K + super, my wife earns basically nothing, she gets a scholarship which is not taxable income. I am a NZ ...
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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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Tax implication for a Temporary Resident in Australia while in another country?

I am a student in Australia (making me a Temporary Resident for Tax Purposes), and an Indian citizen. I work as a sole trader / self-employed individual (web development freelancing), and according to ...
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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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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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Australian JobSeeker Eligibility for Kiwis living in NZ running Australian sole trader businesses?

I used to live in Australia. I started a small business, set up as a sole trader, still run the company but have lived in New Zealand for 12 months now. The new Jobkeeper fund allows for sole traders ...
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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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Waiting for a refund that was approved 4 months ago. Company stalling and not getting back to me. Can I charge them interest on the sum they owe me?

As the title says, I booked a ticket with an airline (Condor Air) August, 2019. On December, 2019, I was granted a refund because their parent company went bankrupt and the airline stopped operating ...
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How does the Up bank KYC work?

I recently signed up for Up bank. The process went like this: Go to to the website, download the app to your phone. Enter your phone number. Enter the SMS-sent verification code. Enter your ...
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Need to open / operate a NZD (New Zealand Dollar) account as a non-resident (from Australia) [closed]

I'm resident in Australia, and do a large number of small transactions with New Zealand customers. Currently I charge in AUD via PayPal, but some customers send me direct AUD bank transfers (which ...
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Property conundrum - UK vs Australia

I'm an Australian living in the UK and have been here for 5 years. I've saved up lump sums on both sides of the world. They are both enough to put forward towards a deposit on a property. Currently, ...
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Which denominations do ANZ Bank ATMs in Australia dispense?

ANZ is one of the major banks in Australia. I can't seem to find on their website or via Google which notes their ATMs dispense. In particular, if I have a balance below $20 will I still be able to ...
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50k into 24 month 1.15% p.a. term deposit, did I make a mistake?

Context: I'm 23 y/o, live with family for obvious financial reasons. While I do pay for all the pet care/internet and some communal food/fuel I obviously am still mooching a lot from my parents. 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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Transfer from US 401k fund to Australian Superannuation fund

I worked in the USA for a number of years and have now relocated to Australia. I have balances in both US 401k fund (+ IRAs) and Australian superannuation fund. It seems that the Australian ...
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How safe are neo-banks?

In Australia there are a swath of 'neo-banks', banks that have no physical presence - typically are a 'mobile-first' experience. Some examples are Up, Xinja, 86400. These banks are typically pretty ...
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Capital Gain report with currency conversion of purchase cost

I have setup gnucash in my windows laptop. It does what I want and it does flawlessly. I have one question though. My default currency is AUD. I have investments in shares in indian currency. Using ...
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Income Tax Paypal / Ebay sales (Australia) limits

Work were throwing away a bunch of boxes full of e-waste and I was able to take them for free. I have started selling the items on Ebay and getting paid through Paypal. I believe the max total ...
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What happens to the insurance payout on home insurance if the policyholder dies when the home is destroyed?

After talking to my dad the other week, he mentioned his home isn't insured, because he can't afford it. I've been looking up policies which would suit him, and I'm planning on paying for the policy ...
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To opt for interest only home loan and save for next property down payment or keep paying P&I to reduce debt AND borrow more for next property

I currently own an investment property which I bought to live in (lived in for couple of years) and now has rented out as I moved (renting) in a better area for kids school. I am comfortably managing ...
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Income tax on paypal ( Australia )

I had some money in a foreign PayPal account which I earned before coming to Australia. Later, I moved to Australia in July 2019 as an international student. And in order to withdraw the money to my ...
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Small Business foreign exchange

I run a small Australian business that has the requirement to pay a relatively small but not insignificant (say USD10k-20k equivalent annually) amount of invoices in foreign currencies (EUR and USD). ...
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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, and would like some advice in setting up a 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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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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Advice for Australian with dual citizenship (US/Australia) married to a US citizen and they move to Australia

If both myself (dual citizen usa/australia) and my husband (us citizen) are living in Australia and we each make over $150,000USD per year - are we really in a bad spot with US taxes and getting ...
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How do employers determine how much tax to withhold?

I work two jobs, both are casual, and I am claiming the tax free threshold from one job. Each time I am paid from the other job (the one I am not claiming the tax free threshold from), my employer ...
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Why are some managed funds' fees larger than their ETFs fees

In Australia vanguard offers the LifeStrategy® Balanced Fund (a blend of bonds, shares and so on), it has a management fee of 0.9% per year for the first 50,000$, 0.6% for up to 100,000$ and 0.29% ...
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Are stock options worth as much as shares?

I was undergoing salary increase negotiations (after a year) recently and it was decided a percentage of my salary was to be paid in shares. However, when the offer came, I noticed I would be getting ...
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Sole trader GST for small income business in Australia (aside from main salary)

Trying to find out how to handle this case. Next year will be even more fun as I've moved to New Zealand. For tax purposes, I'm a resident in Australia for FY2018. All good. I earned x as salary, ...
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How does GST on PayPal payments work for Australian Taxation?

I am an Australian sole trader and I have recently started publishing eLearning videos to view online at a .com website that pays into my PayPal account. Purchases are in USD and my share is paid ...
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Transfer UK pension to AU super fund

Is it possible to transfer a UK pension fund over to an Australian Super fund? I am a NZ citizen currently working in the UK. I will most likely move back to Australia in a year or two, where I ...
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Do I pay tax in New Zealand or Australia as a resident of Bolivia but citizen of Australia?

I reside in Bolivia although I am an Australian citizen (but regarded as a non-resident of Australia for taxation purposes.) I was invited to teach a series of workshops in New Zealand over a 2-week ...
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When first incorporated, I created 100,000 company shares worth $1 each. What does this mean?

When first incorporated, I created 100,000 company shares worth $1 each. What does this mean? Does the value mean anything? Because I just started, no capital was paid. Do I also have to pay Capital ...
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How to choose an Online Investment Platform?

TL;DR: Although I know all the things I want out of an online investment platform, I have no idea how to find which platform best offers those things. I have spent some time organising and planning ...
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High income, sudden windfall

I currently earn quite a good salary (around $250,000 Australian dollars per year). Due to a recent investment coming good I am expecting to be receiving a windfall of around $1.2 million Australian ...
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Best way to buy Japanese yen for travel?

Going to Japan in about a week, and I'm looking for ways to buy Japanese yen. In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate of 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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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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