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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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Capital Gain Tax calculation - Australia

This question is related to Australian CGT. I purchased an off the plan with the intention to move in and live. My situation has changed, moved interstate and the price has gone up by 15%. How do I ...
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Can I sell my own house? Australia

Are there any laws regarding this. I'm not an agent or anything but I have marketing and salesman experience. Will I be able to list my home privately on websites such as Realestate.com?
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Home loan for Granddaughter

Can I use collateral of my $325000 home which I own in Australia to help my granddaughter buy a house in her name. Can the repayment be structured as Interest Only for initial few years. She is ...
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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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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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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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Offsetting losses on share sales with annual tax returns in Australia

I currently hold stocks on a company that has lost 50% of its share value from the time I purchased, can I sell this and offset the loss while claiming tax for this financial year. (The shares were ...
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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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Accepting a deposit into my mortgage from a third party and paying them interest

I'm a net borrower with a variable interest rate mortgage secured against my house. Let's say there is $200,000 owing and I'm paying 5% interest to the bank. It has a redraw at-will facility and I'm ...
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When is a sole trader liable for a tax refund?

In what situation do businesses receive tax refunds for their business in Australia? What are the requirements of a sole trading business to be liable for a tax refund?
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Does Australia impose estate tax on foreigners investing in the Australian stock market?

Suppose a non-Australian, say a Singaporean, owns AUD $100k worth of Australian stocks and dies suddenly. Will estate tax be imposed on him? If yes, roughly how much?
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If I pay the balance due, will I pay no interest in that month?

Here's what I have : Total Balance : X Balance Due : X-500 Minimum Payment : 50 If I pay X-500, will I pay zero interest on that month? Or will I pay interest for the remainder of what'...
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When is a higher return not desireable in a Retirement Fund?

I have been back-testing some share investment strategies for my SMSF (self managed retirement fund) and have narrowed it down to two strategies that have consistently performed the best over a 3 year ...
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Buying an apartment block one apartment at a time

Suppose, a person buys an apartment in a small apartment block. At some point of time, other apartments in the block also become available for purchase, at an attractive enough price. So the question ...
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How to start buying shares with small amount of money?

I am a new immigrant in New Zealand (NZ) who brought some money (not much though) from back home. Those money are resting in my bank and doing nothing. I want to invest some of them in stock market ...
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My university has tranfered me money by mistake, and wants me to transfer it back

I am a PhD student. I have a scholarship, which pays out a stipend each fortnight -- it is not employment. Sometimes the university might transfer me money as reimbursement. Sometimes, separately to ...
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What would be a wise way to invest savings for a newly married couple?

My wife and I were married about a year ago and, between us, have just over $150,000 (AUD) in our joint bank account. We're both in our late-twenties and work full time, but have fairly average ...
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Advantages of Shareholder over Director in new Company

I am forming a small company with a few others (in Australia). I can elect to be a director if I wish, or merely a shareholder. In either case, the shares will be evenly distributed between us. I ...
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Buying an investment property in Australia - what are the advantages and disadvantages of building a house vs buying an existing one?

Currently, considering purchasing an investment property. We want it to be a passive investment so don't want to buy anything too old which may need to be fixed up etc. So we are thinking of either ...
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Why is the highest quintile the only quintile whose wealth exceeds its income? [closed]

Based on this study, the highest quintile of the population is the only group whose wealth is greater than its income. Why might this be? Is it because they are more likely to inherit wealth from ...
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What solar panel subsidies does Australia have right now?

I'm thinking about buying solar panels for my house. Only thing is I'm not sure whether to wait. I've been told that the value of solar power in Australia has remained largely the same - this is ...
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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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How to measure how the Australian dollar is faring independent of the US dollar

When I watch the finance section of ABC (the Australian one) news, they talk about how the Australian dollar is faring against the US dollar plus a handful of other currencies. The problem is, I don't ...
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International Stockbroker

I live in Australia, but have shares in the UK. I inherited the shares so have no experience in buying/selling. How do I find a stockbroker who could sell the shares for me? My father left me several ...
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Is getting paid monthly better than getting paid weekly?

I live and work in Australia and I've been offered a contract that pays $1000 a day (including super) and the contract says I would be paid weekly. I've always used http://www.paycalculator.com.au/ ...
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Investing savings in the UK vs Australia

I have been living in Australia for 4 years now, and although I don't intend to live here forever, I will be here for the foreseeable future. I have savings in the UK and here in Australia, and am ...
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Interest on American dollars in Australian bank account

I have American dollars in an Australian bank account, which doesn't accrue any interest. Is there a way of getting interest on it?
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Can I fully deduct capital losses against discounted capital gains?

I have shares in 2 Australian stocks that I am thinking of selling (at least partially). I am an Australian resident for tax purposes. Let's call these stocks; Stock ABC Stock DEF I have owned stock ...
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How should I research Super funds?

My current super fund is closing down so I need to choose a new one. How should I choose a new one, and what resources can I use? If it matters, my current account is small (under $50K), and I'm not ...
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New super account does not show up on Tax office info

I have an old super with a fund which we will call FOO, I was generally dissatisfied with their performance and service, so when I started a new job, I change to their preferred super-annuation ...
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Do “crossed checks” work in the United States?

I grew up in Australia, and learned that when I write a check, I should generally cross it with two diagonal lines with Not Negotiable written between them. The idea being that this signifies that ...
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Is it better to hold cash in a mortgage offest or term deposit account long term?

I am refinancing a variable rate mortgage (current rates are low and expected to fall further in the next 12 months - currently 4.25%). I have a cash sum equivalent to about 20% of the full loan ...
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I'm moving to another country. Where should I keep my money?

I've been working in the US for a number of years, and am shortly to return to Australia. My cash is in an online bank based in the US. Would you recommend I move it to an Australian bank, or leave ...
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(Why) are all Australian mutual funds REITs or bond funds? [closed]

I wonder why Australia does not promote the big and global fund houses to introduce mutual fund schemes for people to have an option to invest in, instead of just the property/related choices. The ...
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What should I do with my money?

I'm a final year University student with about 50k (AUD) in the bank earning interest at 2.8%. I have nearly finished my paid full time placement which is why I have a lot of money currently as I ...
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How much CGT due after moving and renting out primary residence in Australia?

I currently live in my primary residence with an outstanding mortgage, but will be moving out and relocating for work in a few months time. The initial post is for 2 years but may be extended ...
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Credit Cards and Home Loans

I am based on Sydney Australia. Looking to buy a house here. Customer of one of big 4 banks. Long story short, 6 Months back Talked to my bank about buying a house and discussed about my borrowing ...
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Does girlfriend have too much savings, time to invest?

My girlfriend is quite frugal and has successfully maintained an emergency fund of about $15,000 with an "incidentals" account that sits around $3,000. She does not earn a lot of money, about $35,...
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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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How should we organize our finances to effectively plan and prepare for an retirement in next 10 years?

How should we organize our finances to effectively plan and prepare for an retirement in next 10 years ?. My personal details are: Age 35, married with a 3 year old daughter IT consultant with a ...
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Lending to SMSF

I have owner occupied/investment property. I have $2M loan on my property, and $2M sitting on my offset account, therefore paying no interest. Can I use my cash in the offset to lend to my SMSF to ...
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How do I bring money overseas?

I am Australian and am going to Malaysia in a few weeks. Now obviously I would like to bring some money with me so I can buy things like food and the such. What would be the best way to go about ...
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Should I take a personal loan for my postgraduate studies?

About 6 months ago, I embarked on a Master's degree. Prior to this, I did the math on the postgraduate program and set aside about $31,000 on a separate savings account just for the postgraduate ...
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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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How is negative gearing a good thing?

In Australia investors buy investment properties that are negatively geared to save tax. A lot of articles on property investment say that one of the cons of having a positively geared property is you ...
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Is it necessary to pay tax if someone lends me money to put into my mortgage?

So I have a fairly big mortgage and a family member of mine has a fairly large sum of cash. As he doesn't want to invest in any investments, it's just sitting there in the bank gaining interest in ...
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What happens when they run out of letters?

All the companies on the stock market are represented by three characters. Assuming 26 letters and 10 numbers, this results in 46656 possible combinations (unless my math is wrong), which is a lot ...
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Should I give my mortgage broker access to my bank account?

Is it safe to allow a mortgage broker to access my finances? They are requesting it in order to present account balances to our home loan issuer, and while I wouldn't suspect they are scamming us or ...
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Why do Australians get charged more for Internationally available Goods and Services?

It seem that when the same good or service is available in Australia as it is internationally, we always end up paying more for it in Australia. Even when you take the effects of the exchange rates ...

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