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Tax Accountant in Southport

If you are a resident of Australia, there’s a very good chance that you’re paying more tax than you should be. Every salary earner knows, or should know, that the PAYG system is designed to deduct more in taxes than what you ought to rightfully be paying.

In effect, the government “borrows” money from the citizens and then pays back some of that borrowed money some of the time at the end of the year. There are two potential problems taxpayers can run into with this system, which we’ll take a look at in just a moment.

Quill is a tax accountant in Southport helping taxpayers avoid the mistakes that could get them into trouble with the Tax Office, and also helps taxpayers avoid missing out on the legitimate deductions. It’s even possible for some of your potential tax debt to be mitigated and converted into an income producing asset.

When you want to improve your financial position as easily as possible, Quill can help.

One serious tax return mistake many Australians make

There is a provision in Australian income tax law called the “Tax Free Threshold” (or TFT), which is intended to make taxation easier, but in reality makes it sometimes more complicated. It is an odd habit that governments have. They seem to take pleasure in making any bureaucratic process as complex as possible.

One of the problems with the TFT is the way it’s worded. On official documents, you will find words to the effect that you can only claim the TFT from one place of employment.

While this was intended to prevent people who have multiple income sources reducing the amount the government could borrow from them through the PAYG system by claiming the TFT on all their income sources, most people don’t interpret it that way. That’s if they’re even aware of the rule. If they’re not, it can lead to yet another problem.

As indicated above, the rule was created for people who have multiple simultaneous income sources. It was never intended to be applied to consecutive income sources. So if you work two days per week at one job and three days per week in a completely different job for a different employer, assuming the hourly pay rate is the same for both jobs, you should only claim the TFT on the job that you work three days per week.

If, on the other hand, you work for various different employers during the year but not at the same time (that is, you completely leave employment from the first employer before going to work for the second employer) you can claim the TFT from both jobs.

The wording on the forms makes a lot of people feel nervous and they tick the “no” box, which means they’ll pay slightly more tax each week and while long term it won’t hurt, in the short term it leaves you with less weekly disposable income.

The other problem is some people claim the TFT on multiple simultaneous income sources when they shouldn’t, because they don’t understand the rule. Again, this isn’t likely to be a serious problem, except that it produces the opposite effect to the first problem.

In this case, you’ll be paying slightly less out of each pay to the ATO than you should be, and you’ll end up with either a much lower tax refund than you expect, or a tax debt, which should be fine as long as you pay it. This problem is most likely to affect people on government benefits who manage to obtain part time or temporary work to supplement their normal source of income.

Other common tax return problems

Confusion over the TFT can be a bit of a pain, but it doesn’t usually lead to any serious long term consequences. Some of the other common tax return problems can be quite detrimental, however.

The really obvious problem is when somebody claims a deduction that they should not claim. This could be intentional or unintentional, and either way it can get you into trouble. If it glaringly obvious that you intentionally claimed a deduction to which you were not entitled, the problem can get a lot more serious very quickly.

Failing to claim deductions to which you would be entitled is another one. Most people know, for example, that if they’re doing a traineeship, they can claim the cost of travel between their place of work and their place of education, but not the cost of travel between home and the place of education.

What most people don’t know is there’s an exception. You can claim the cost of your work related education travel expenses if you have to be away from home for one or more nights (this includes the cost of the travel itself and other costs as well).

That’s just one example of the many ways people end up missing out on deductions they could rightfully claim and end up losing money because of it. Why does it matter? Because if it’s a fair amount of money, you could be earning interest on it, investing it, or basically anything else other than giving it away to the Tax Office.

Make sure you’re not paying more tax than you should be. The best way to do this is to talk to a Quill consultant.

Whether it’s individual or commercial tax needs, financial advice or strategies to grow your business, the Quill Group has you covered!

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