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Here’s Your Income Tax Rates for 2018

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What are income tax rates?

With the 2018 tax season approaching on 1 July, many taxpayers are looking for their specific tax rate for the 2017-2018 financial year. Income tax rates 2018 determine how much of your income will be subject to tax.

Read on to find out your tax rate to prepare for the 2018 tax season!

Take a look at these income tax rates 2018.

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The GST and Low Value Goods

What is the GST?

The ATO has announced a new tax law on the goods and services tax (GST) before the 2018 tax season. You may be wondering, what is the GST? The GST is a tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items that companies or other entities sell to Australia. We actually consume most of these goods!

New Tax Law

From 1 July 2018, the GST will affect businesses that sell low-value goods who import to consumers in Australia. Low-value goods have a customs value of A$1,000 or less when the price is under the agreement with the customer. However, any tobacco products or alcoholic beverages do not have the GST tax since they will be charged at the border.

Here’s the breakdown of the changes.

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Hobby vs Business: What is the Difference?

Everyone enjoys a good hobby.

From photography, scrap-booking, cooking or even horseback riding, each of these hobbies can turn into a business. With that in mind, when it comes time to lodge your tax return, your hobby could possibly be your business. Taxpayers get confused about whether or not they should be reporting their hobby as a business. Of course, you want to avoid being penalised if you’re not declaring income to the ATO, right?

Find out if your hobby is actually a business by reading below!

What is a hobby?

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Lodge your 2017 Late Tax Return Online!

Forgot to lodge your 2017 late tax return?

We get it. Life gets busy when you’re dealing with taking care of the kids or rushing to work to finish your proposal for that promotion you’ve been wanting. The deadline passed on 31 October for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, but you’re still in luck. No need to stress, you can still lodge your 2017 late taxes online right from your bedroom.

Read on to find out the consequences of lodging a late tax return and what steps you need to take.

Late Lodgement Penalties

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2017 Tax Season Deadline

The 2017 tax season deadline is approaching quickly.

While most have already filed their returns, the 2017 tax season deadline is 31 October 2017. The ATO provides you with due dates of your tax deadlines.

Oh, the stress that comes with the tax season!

The pressure to file your tax return causes most of us to feel overwhelmed. There are added headaches involved while trying to get anything done by the tax season deadline. Before you give up and let a local accountant take care of it, keep in mind that they can have high fees and long wait times. Avoid the stress and let E-lodge be your remedy! With E-lodge, you can lodge a tax return from the comfort of your own home. Our user-friendly website makes it easy, fast and affordable to lodge your 2017 taxes today!


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6 Ways To Find Your Lost Super Fund

Want a clue as to where you can find your lost super fund?

It sounds mad; you lost your money. However, it’s more common than you’d think. In fact, in 2015, more than 17 billion dollars worth of super funds went unclaimed.  

So the question is, how is it that easy to lose so much money?

The biggest culprit in losing a superannuation fund is switching jobs. Each time you start a new job, it is more than likely that your employer starts a new super fund account in your name unless you say otherwise. But once you misplace your original super fund, there are still ways to go about finding it again. Let’s take a look.


#1. Check the Lost Members Register

Sure, you have a super fund. But have you not contributed recently or not heard from a provider representative in regards to your fund? You may very well be considered to be a lost member and not even know it. The thing about a super fund is that in order to remain an active member, you must do one or both of the following:

  • Confirm your address at least once within a two year time frame.
  • Indicate that you would like to remain a member of your fund.


If you have been inactive, unable to contact, or transferred from one super fund provider to another as a lost member, than you are most likely on the Lost Members Register.


#2. Create a myGov Account

This is the most beneficial choice for you. On top of being able to locate any lost super, you’ll be able to see all super fund account overviews from one place and even combine multiple super funds into one ‘preferred super fund’. All you’ll need to do is create an account and link it to the ATO.


#3. Use the ATO Superseeker Tool

This is what you’re looking for if you want to locate your lost super; quick, easy and painless. All you need to have handy is the following information:

  • Your TFN
  • Your family name
  • Your given name
  • Your DOB

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How To Lodge a Late Tax Return Online

Although it’s time to lodge your 2017 tax return, you still may need to lodge a previous year tax return.

With E-Lodge, it’s not too late to lodge your late tax return. In fact, you can get caught up on your late tax returns without being forced to leave home!

There’s no need to visit an accountant, you can do it all online! In fact, you’ll be able to prepare and lodge a tax return dating back to the 2006-2007 financial year!

Late Lodgement = Late Penalties

If you’re lodging a late tax return, you run the risk of incurring a failure to lodge on time penalty from the ATO.

You’re likely to face penalties if you fall within any of the following categories;

  • more than one outstanding return
  • a poor lodgement history, or
  • not complied with a request to lodge your tax return

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How To Claim Widow Allowance as a Senior Australian

In order to claim the Widow Allowance you must have been born on or before 1 July 1955

If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, then you know first hand how difficult it can be. Not only emotionally, but in some cases, financially.

More specifically, losing your spouse can be devastating.

If you have in fact lost your spouse,  you may qualify to receive Centrelink Widow Allowance  payments.

Keep in mind, you’ll need to report any payments received from Centrelink on your Australian tax return. Before doing so, click the link below to find out if you’re eligible to save $10 on your 2014 Tax Return;

How To Save $10 While On Centrelink

What is the Widow Allowance?

As described on the Australian Government Human Services website, the Widow Allowance offers financial help to women born on or before 1 July 1955 with no recent workforce experience that have become widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40.

Who Qualifies to Receive the Widow Allowance?

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Use Our E-Lodge Coupon Code if You Receive Newstart Allowance

Receive the Newstart Allowance? We want to help too.

If you are eligible and currently receive the Newstart Allowance, we have a special discount for you: take $5 off your E-Lodge tax return preparation fees!

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We understand that looking for a new job can be tough. We wanted to reward you even further for sticking it out and continuing on your job search.


To use your E-Lodge coupon code today and save on your 2015 tax return preparation fee, follow these three steps;

  1. Create an E-Lodge account.
  2. Enter your information into the tax application and select your payment option.
  3. On the Payment Summary Page, enter the coupon code NEWSTART5 and click Submit.


Newstart Allowance Eligibility Criteria

The Newstart Allowance is designed for unemployed Australians to receive  payments from the Australian government agency known as Centrelink .

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How To Check Your 2015 Tax Return Progress

After lodging, you can check the progress of your 2015 tax return online!

Sometimes, waiting for a tax refund is worse than preparing the actual tax return. This is especially true for those that have plans on how to spend their tax refund money.

Thanks to the  ATO’s Progress of return enquiry tool, you can check the status of the income tax return you lodged for the immediately previous financial year.

In other words, if you recently lodged your 2014 tax return, you’ll be able to see it’s progress.

Instead of waiting on the phone to speak with a live representative, you can get a quick update on the status of your return online 24 hours a day, seven days a week after lodging your taxes.  Not only that, but E-Lodge also offers it’s users their own status page, allowing them to view the exact date the ATO accepted their tax return.

What can I view on the ATO’s Progress of Return Tool?

The ATO’s Progress tool allows you to check the progress and status of the following;

  • original and amended tax returns lodged for the current year
  • original and amended tax returns lodged for prior financial years

That means not only can you check the progress of your current year return, you can also see your lodgement history. Keep in mind, the tool is only for individual tax returns. You won’t be able to view the progress of companies, trusts of partnerships with it. Read the rest of this entry »