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Tax for Australians for Dummies, 2013-14 Edition - Jimmy B. Prince

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Tackle your tax with confidence and get the most from your return

Do you want to be sure you're getting the maximum tax refund? Of course you do! And Tax for Australians For Dummies, 2013-2014 Edition is the only resource you need to ensure that you get every cent you deserve. Written by respected tax specialist and CPA fellow Jimmy B. Prince, this book guides you step by step through the complex Australian tax system to help you understand exactly what you can claim and exactly what you're owed.

Providing complete coverage of changes to tax legislation for tax year 2013-2014, as well as proposed changes that haven't made it into law yet, this book has you covered from every angle. Designed to help you take advantage of everything from investments to kids to government concessions, Tax for Australians For Dummies tells you everything you need to know to beat the taxman at his own game.

  • Written specifically for Australian taxpayers
  • Fully updated for the 2013-2014 tax year
  • Includes everything you need to maximise your tax refund
  • Contains essential new information on recent tax changes, including updated tax rates, FBT, CGT, and superannuation thresholds

Whether you're an employee, investor, small business owner, retiree, or even student, Tax for Australians For Dummies, 2013-2014 Edition is the easy-to-follow guide that answers all your tax questions.

About the Author

Jimmy B. Prince is a fellow of CPA Australia, a tax specialist, and an 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 29

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 119

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 177

Chapter 16: Living on the Fringe: Fringe Benefits Tax 185

Chapter 17: Getting Wealthy: CGT and Small Business 195

Part V: Thinking Long-Term 203

Chapter 18: Preparing for Retirement Using Superannuation 205

Chapter 19: Reaping What You Sow: Receiving a Pension and Government Concessions 223

Chapter 20: Death and Taxes: Wills and Asset Distribution 235

Part VI: The Part of Tens 243

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Minimise Your Tax while Keeping the Tax Office Happy 245

Chapter 22: Ten Common Tax Mistakes You Need to Avoid 253

Appendix A: Taxing the Visitors: Non-Residents 261

Glossary 267

Index 273

ISBN: 9780730305842
ISBN-10: 0730305848
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 15th January 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.22  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised