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Tax for Australians for Dummies, 2014 - 15 Edition


Learn to:

  • Lodge your tax return and maximise your refund
  • Keep on top of changes to the rules
  • Minimise your small business tax bill
  • Make the most of tax-free investing and super

Tackle tax time with ease and maximise your tax return

Are you dreaming of a large tax refund but feel overwhelmed when tax time rolls around? Written in plain English and packed with expert advice, this updated edition of Tax for Australians For Dummies has something for everyone — from students and income tax beginners, to business owners and retirees. Get up to speed on core tax concepts with this essential guide!

  • Understand the nitty-gritty — grasp the ins and outs of the Australian tax system
  • Invest wisely — find out how tax affects your shares, property and other assets
  • Be business tax savvy — decipher complicated deductions and keep your records in order
  • Look ahead — discover tax rules associated with pensions and the tax benefits of running a self-managed super fund

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for dealing with an audit
  • Case studies with practical step-by-step examples
  • Advice on income tax and GST
  • Information for families with and without children
  • How to calculate capital gains tax and fringe benefits tax
  • Ways to spot and avoid common tax mistakes

Jimmy B. Prince is a fellow of CPA Australia, a tax specialist, and author of several investment books. He is a former lecturer in income tax law at La Trobe University and has worked for the Australian Taxation Office.

Introduction 1

Part I: How You’re Taxed in Australia 5

Chapter 1: Understanding the Australian Tax System 7

Chapter 2: Taxing Australians: The Formula You Need to Know 15

Chapter 3: Lodging Your Tax Return: This One Is for the Nation 31

Chapter 4: Receiving a Visit: When the Tax Office Comes Knocking 45

Part II: Income from Personal Exertion 51

Chapter 5: Taxing Employees: Working Class Folk 53

Chapter 6: Living in Your Castle: Main Residence 69

Chapter 7: Taxing Issues That Affect Students and Your Children 77

Part III: Tax-Effective Investments 87

Chapter 8: Interesting Stuff: Bank Deposits and Tax 89

Chapter 9: Owning Part of the Company: Investing in Shares 93

Chapter 10: Building Your Dreams: Investing in Bricks and Mortar 105

Chapter 11: Catching Up on Capital Gains Tax 121

Part IV: Running a Business 135

Chapter 12: Structuring Your Business for Maximum Gain 137

Chapter 13: Starting a Business: On Your Mark! Get Set! Go! 151

Chapter 14: Reducing Your Small Business Tax Bill 165

Chapter 15: Collecting Tax for the Government: Goods and Services Tax 179

Chapter 16: Living on the Fringe: Fringe Benefits Tax 187

Chapter 17: Getting Wealthy: CGT and Small Business 197

Part V: Thinking Long-Term 205

Chapter 18: Preparing for Retirement Using Superannuation 207

Chapter 19: Reaping What You Sow: Receiving a Pension and Government Concessions 227

Chapter 20: Death and Taxes: Wills and Asset Distribution 237

Part VI: The Part of Tens 245

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Minimise Your Tax while Keeping the Tax Office Happy 247

Chapter 22: Ten Common Tax Mistakes You Need to Avoid 255

Appendix A: Taxing the Visitors: Non-Residents 263

Glossary 269

Index 273