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Maximising your personal tax return

There are a couple of things that you can do before June 30 to maximise your personal tax return:

1. Spend up on deductible expenses: By prepaying your tax-deductible expenses for the year, you can bring the deduction forward into the current financial year.

3. Charitable donations: If you are considering donating money to charity, get it done quickly so that you can claim a deduction in this financial year.

2. Delay receiving income: If you can, try to defer receiving income until after June 30. By doing this, you will be able to minimise your taxable income in this financial year.

4. Fix up investment properties: If you own an investment property, you may wish to bring forward any maintenance. You can claim a lot of work that is done to an investment property as a tax deduction.

5. High income earners should consider health insurance: To avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge, high-income earners may wish to take out private health cover.

Posted on 17 December '14 by , under Tax.

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Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds' policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

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Check employer contributions
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Gather the relevant information
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