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Are the days of credit card debt numbered?

The way we pay for goods and services has changed, with more consumers shunning credit cards in favour of alternatives, online and off. Are the days of record-high credit card debt numbered? There was a time, not so long ago, when Australians were hungry for credit cards. It wasn’t just their instant purchasing power, but…
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Lodgement deferrals on the cards as profession speaks out

The ATO could be pressed into granting lodgement deferrals this year, as practitioners continue to suffer from a 2020 hangover. The Institute of Public Accountants is currently weighing up an option to call on the ATO to apply blanket lodgement deferrals this year, after feedback from practitioners revealed that they are continuing to fall behind…
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How do banks approve home loan applications?

When you apply for a home loan, you submit your financial information, personal details and the details of the property you intend to buy. The bank analyses all that information and checks your credit rating to decide whether to approve or reject your loan application. It’s helpful for you to know what the bank looks…
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‘Don’t cancel your Christmas holidays for STP Phase 2’

The ATO is expected to announce a deferral regime for the mandatory expansion of Single Touch Payroll, with the 1 January 2022 deadline not expected to be a “cold, hard cut-off”, says one industry body. Mandatory STP Phase 2 reporting is now set to commence from 1 January 2022, with employers soon required to report additional…
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What is the impact of child expenses on your mortgage payment?

Most parents in Australia underestimate how child expenses can impact their home ownership dreams, according to a new research from Credit Union Australia (CUA). In a recent survey of 1,000 parents, CUA found that 75% of respondents underestimated the cost of having a child and a quarter now recommended saving at least $8,000 to fund…
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The Federal Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy has been a lifeline for thousands of Australian businesses which have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled to end in September 2020, the scheme will now end on 28 March 2021, pending any further announcements from the Federal Government. Nathan Hood, CPA and co-founder of the accounting and business advisory firm Carbon…
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Australians’ financial comfort hits record high despite COVID-19 − but not for all and likely to be short-lived.

The financial comfort of Australian households has reached a record high, despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ME Bank’s latest Household Financial Comfort Report. However, the current and future comfort of many households is in question with underlying data raising red flags. These are the key findings of ME’s Household Financial Comfort Report,…
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‘What’s a worthy deduction?’: IPA doubles down on new tax break

A new tax deduction to encourage individuals to retrain and reskill is as worthy as any other current deduction, argues the Institute of Public Accountants. The IPA’s public support of a new education deduction comes as other accounting and tax bodies have shied away from the proposal, arguing that it would not benefit individuals who need support the…
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