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Norway Merkur market from Australia?

I'm having troubles trying to find a way to buy shares from the Norway Merkur market as an Australian. The Australian banks I contacted are not offering Norway shares. I'm struggling, and failed to ...
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Parse JSON data from ASX into Google Sheets for Exchange Traded Products - not companies

I had asked this question on the StackOverflow website - but no luck. I am trying to develop a Google Sheets-based portfolio tracking sheet that is able to retrieve daily prices for the securities in ...
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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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Focus on mortgage or keep investing

I'm 24 and recently purchased a property. I'm wondering whether or not I should keep my investment account open or focus solely on bringing down my mortgage. I have been investing with Raiz (I think ...
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Why do small merchants charge an extra 30 cents for small amounts paid by credit card?

Jurisdiction Australia, but could apply globally for all I know. Looking at major Australian bank websites, their EFTPOS contracts mention nothing about transaction fees being different for small ...
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Passing a property from parent to (adult) child in Australia (NSW)

My father is retiring and would like to pass on the family home to my sister and me. We are both adults now and do not live in the home. I should also so mention, we are based in Sydney, Australia. ...
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Has Sharesight calculated my dividend's foreign source income correctly?

I recently received my first dividend from the ASX:IVV S&P 500 ETF. In the Components of Distributions announcement it says that the Foreign Sourced Income is 99.9998% of the cash distribution. I ...
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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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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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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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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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Super contributions splitting

I came across contributions splitting recently. So my employer contributions go into my super account and I believe they’re taxed 15%. If I choose to contributions splitting which is max 85% of ...
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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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Why does the ATO have “unclaimed super”, should I do something about it?

I am an Australian Citizen currently living in the UK. I logged on to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website today an the ATO tells me i have unclaimed super. It's about $3000, and is exactly equal ...
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Can an individual use the Open Banking APIs in Australia, or must you go through an Accredited Data Recipient?

I've been excited to learn about Australia's Open Banking initiative. In particular, I had hoped that I would be able to use my own bank's APIs to automatically access my bank transactions, so that I ...
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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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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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Off-market transfer of shares in GnuCash

I use GnuCash for my personal accounting and for tracking investments in shares through my self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). Recently I wound up the SMSF and transferred the shares into my ...
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What are Fringe benefit employee contributions?

While preparing my company tax return, i came across this curious phrase in the Australian Company income tax return guide (link here) Fringe benefit employee contributions Employee contributions ...
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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 ...
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AMT ISO deferrals for nonimmigrant. Sold shares after leaving US

I lived in the US from 2013 and 2016 on an E-3 nonimmigrant visa. As part of my full-time employment contract, I was granted ISO shares in a pre-IPO company. I exercised most of the vested shares in ...
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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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What are the tax implications of buying US stocks from Australia?

I am thinking about buying some blue-chip US shares. My rationale being that the Australian dollar is currently buying a lot of US dollars, so this is a way to directly invest in some large US ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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