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Senate vote makes HAFF official

The Labor government is celebrating the long-awaited Senate vote of its Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) bill,...
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Don’t be ‘un-Australian’ at tax time, ATO warns rental property owners

With up to nine in 10 Australian property investors getting their tax returns wrong, the Australian Taxation Office...
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Stamp duty breaks and cheap land tax headline SA investment push

The South Australian state government has kicked off a campaign to attract more companies into the jurisdiction,...
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Landlords banned from rent bidding in SA from today

Hefty fines are already being threatened for landlords who are found to be soliciting rental bids, with 1 September...
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Tasmania on board with federal housing plans

Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff has called the housing commitments made at the recent national cabinet meeting “a...
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Property leaders resoundingly back housing plans from national cabinet

“Game changing”, “strategic and sustainable” and “a boots on ground approach” are just some of the ways...
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WA embraces paperless conveyancing

Western Australia will no longer be issuing paper Certificates of Title, with the state going fully digital as of 7...
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A tax guide for property investors

Well, the end of the 2023 financial year has clocked over and we are now in the heartland of tax return preparations....
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Self-styled property mogul sued over alleged $32m investment scheme

A self-styled property mogul is facing legal action for raising $32 million without a licence from investors for dozens...
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Stop threatening landlords with ‘misguided’ rent caps: REIV

State governments have been looking at all options to address the rental crisis, with rent caps and freezes a frequent...
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Beware of tax-related scams, warn authorities

Australians are cautioned to remain vigilant against tax-specific scams that entice victims with promises of lucrative...
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What property owners should know about WA’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act

Western Australia’s laws to protect Indigenous sites of cultural importance come into effect on 1 July 2023, and they...
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Getting the value out of property in an SMSF

An Airbnb property can represent a valuable asset to an SMSF, but don’t expect to get the same returns if the...
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Rental bidding outlawed in South Australia

In a proactive response to the ongoing housing crisis, the South Australian government has taken a decisive step by...
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8 of the best EOFY tax tips for landlords

It’s never been more important for investors to be prepped for tax time, according to a real estate expert.
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‘First step’ rental reforms pass in NSW as Premier promises more

The NSW government has passed the suite of rental reforms it introduced in May, albeit without a controversial ban on...
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Spotting financial abuse of elders in real estate transactions

New data highlights the importance of being on the lookout for financial abuse of elders when it comes to the transfer...
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ATO launches new foreign property buyer tool

From the end of June, the Tax Office is digitising its interactions with foreign investors and their representatives.
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ATO warns property managers, insurers will keep investors honest in FY23

To crack down on property investors improperly or incorrectly claiming income and deductions this tax time, the...
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Taxpayers must ensure they are ‘tax literate’: CPA

Australia’s complex system means too many people are making costly mistakes on their returns, says the association.
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