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Tax For Australians For Dummies, 2012 - 13 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

Boost your confidence and get the most from your next tax return

Do you dream of receiving a large tax refund, but find the reality of tax time to be a nightmare? Tax for Australians For Dummies includes all the information you need to get every cent you're entitled to for the 2012-13 financial year. Useful for everyone from employees and business owners to investors, this book offers expert advice for all of your taxation needs!

  • Increase your tax knowledge -- learn the ins and outs of the complex Australian tax system
  • Recognise what you can and can't claim -- lodge your tax return correctly or deal with an audit
  • Get to grips with small business tax -- keep on top of record keeping and claim the right expenses and concessions
  • Discover tax-effective investing -- take advantage of investing in shares and property
  • Prepare for the future -- understand tax rules for superannuation and the benefits of using a self-managed super fund

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for reducing your tax bill and maximising your refund
  • Case studies with practical step-by-step examples
  • Advice on income tax and GST
  • Information for families with children
  • How to calculate capital gains tax and fringe benefits tax

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 7

Chapter 1: Understanding the Australian Tax System 9

Chapter 2: Taxing Australians: The Formula You Had to Have 17

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

Chapter 4: Receiving a Visit: When the Tax Office Comes Knocking 43

Part II: Income from Personal Exertion 49

Chapter 5: Taxing Employees: Working Class Man 51

Chapter 6: Living in Your Castle: Main Residence 65

Chapter 7: Taxing Issues That Affect Your Children 73

Part III: Tax-Effective Investments 83

Chapter 8: Interesting Stuff: Bank Deposits and Tax 85

Chapter 9: Owning Part of the Company: Investing in Shares 89

Chapter 10: Building Your Dreams: Investing in Bricks and Mortar 101

Chapter 11: Catching Up on Capital Gains Tax 117

Part IV: Running a Business 133

Chapter 12: Structuring Your Business for Maximum Gain 135

Chapter 13: Starting a Business: On Your Mark! Get Set! Go! 149

Chapter 14: Reducing Your Small Business Tax Bill 163

Chapter 15: Collecting Tax for the Government: Goods and Services Tax 175

Chapter 16: Living on the Fringe: Fringe Benefits Tax 183

Chapter 17: Getting Wealthy: CGT and Small Business 193

Part V: Thinking Long Term 201

Chapter 18: Preparing for Retirement Using Superannuation 203

Chapter 19: Reaping What You Sow: Receiving a Pension and Government Concessions 221

Chapter 20: Death and Taxes: Wills and Asset Distribution 231

Part VI: The Par t of Tens 239

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Minimise Your Tax while Keeping the Tax Office Happy 241

Chapter 22: Ten of the Top Retirement Tax Tips 249

Appendix A: Taxing the Visitors: Non-Residents 255

Glossary 261

Index 267