Spouse or Children Living Apart

When your spouse or children live in a different home to you

Having a different home from your dependent child

If you and a dependent child under 18 years have different homes for a period, you must choose one of the homes as the main residence for both of you for the period.

Having a different home from your spouse

If you and your spouse have different homes for a period, you and your spouse must either:

  • choose one of the homes as the main residence for both of you for the period, or
  • nominate the different homes as your main residences for the period.

If you nominate different homes for the period and you own 50% or less of the home you have nominated, you qualify for an exemption for your share. If you own more than 50%, your share is exempt for half the period you and your spouse had different homes.

The same applies to your spouse. If your spouse owns 50% or less of the home they have nominated, they qualify for an exemption for their share. However, if your spouse owns more than 50% of the home, their share is exempt for only half the period you had different homes.

This rule applies to each home the spouses own, whether they have sole ownership or own the home jointly (either as joint tenants or tenants in common).

Your spouse includes another person (of the same or opposite sex) who:

  • You were in a relationship with that was registered under a prescribed state or territory law
  • Although not legally married to you, lived with you on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.

This rule applies also if you choose to treat a dwelling as your main residence after you move out, and this choice results in your having a different main residence from your spouse or a dependent child for a period.

For more information on myTax 2019, online tax return 2019, myGov 2019, Tax Return 2019 , or any other tax related matter, please call our professional accountant on 1300 768 284 . For more information please contact us at 1300768284 or you can email us atenquiry@taxrefundonspot.com.au

Spouse Contribution on myTax

Superannuation contributions on behalf of your spouse 2015

Did you make contributions to a complying superannuation fund or a retirement savings account (RSA) on behalf of your spouse (married or de facto) who is earning a low income or not working?

An RSA is a special account offered by banks, building societies, credit unions, life insurance companies and prescribed financial institutions. It is used for retirement savings and is similar to a superannuation fund.

You need to know

You will be entitled to a tax offset of up to $540 per year if:

  • the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was less than $13,800
    • the contributions were not deductible to you
    • the contributions were made to a superannuation fund that was a complying superannuation fund for the income year in which you made the contribution
    • both you and your spouse were Australian residents when the contributions were made, and
    • When making the contributions you and your spouse were not living separately and apart on a permanent basis.

A spouse can be of the same or opposite sex and can include de facto relationships.

If you had more than one spouse during the income year and you satisfy the conditions for the tax offset for more than one spouse, the tax offset is the lesser of the sum of the tax offset entitlements for each spouse, or $540.

 Your spouse’s assessable income is the amount your spouse wrote at

TOTAL INCOME OR LOSS on their tax return, unless:

  • they had a distribution from a partnership or trust
    • they had income or losses from rent or business (including personal services income)
    • they had a capital gain or foreign source income,
    • they made a deposit into a Farm Management Deposit Scheme Account, or
    • They claimed a deductible amount for a foreign pension or annuity at item D11 on their tax return (supplementary section).

Your spouse’s reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions are shown on their payment summaries.

The tax offset is calculated as 18% of the lesser of:

  • $3,000, reduced by $1 for every $1 that the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions for the year was more than $10,800
    • The total of your contributions for your spouse for the year.

The tax offset for eligible spouse contributions cannot be claimed for superannuation contributions that you made to satisfy a family law obligation to split contributions with your spouse.

Completing this item

Step 1

Write the total of your contributions at Contributions paid item T3 on your tax return.

Step 2

If the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was $10,800 or less, use worksheet 1.

If the sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions was more than $10,800 but less than $13,800, use worksheet 2.

Worksheet 1 
Maximum spouse contributions eligible for the tax offset $3,000 (a)
Amount of contributions paid $ (b)
Write the lesser of (a) or (b). $ (c)
Multiply (c) by 18 and divide by 100.     $ (d)
Worksheet 2 
Maximum spouse contributions eligible for the tax offset $3,000 (a)
The sum of your spouse’s assessable income, total reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions $ (b)
Base amount $10,800 (c)
Take (c) away from (b). $ (d)
Take (d) away from (a). $ (e)
Amount of contributions paid $ (f)
Write the lesser of (e) or (f). $ (g)
Multiply (g) by 18 and divide by 100. $ (h)

Step 3

The tax offset is the amount shown at (d) on worksheet 1 or (h) on worksheet 2. Write this amount at A item T3. Do not show cents.

If you had more than one spouse during the year, complete steps 1 to 3 for each spouse. Your tax offset is the lesser of:

  • the sum of the tax offset you are entitled to for each spouse, or
  • $540.

Write this amount at A item T3. Do not show cents.

Step 4

Make sure you complete Spouse details – married or de facto on pages 8-9 of your tax return. Include your spouse’s taxable income at O, your spouse’s total reportable fringe benefits amounts at S and your spouse’s reportable employer superannuation contributions at A.

To work out your entitlement to this tax offset you would have used your spouse’s assessable income, reportable fringe benefits amounts and reportable employer superannuation contributions. However, because we use taxable income to calculate many other entitlements, we ask you to record your spouse’s taxable income (not assessable income) at Spouse details – married or de facto.

For more information on myTax 2019, online tax return 2019, myGov 2019, Tax Return 2019 , or any other tax related matter, please call our professional accountant on 1300 768 284 . For more information please contact us at 1300768284 or you can email us atenquiry@taxrefundonspot.com.au

Tax Filing Requirements for Children

Review

The IRS requires that all taxpayers file a tax return, regardless of age.

The Internal Revenue Service requires all taxpayers, regardless of age, to file a tax return and pay the suitable income tax in any year their gross income exceeds certain levels. This necessity stretches out to the children you claim as dependents. On the other hand, not at all like grown-up taxpayers, children have more adaptability in picking how to go along.

Dependent children

Your indigent child must submit tax returns if they acquire certain measures of wage within the year. Distinctive recording principles apply to children and even little amount of income may require a return.

You must guarantee that your child is eligible to be your dependent; generally, their commitment to file a tax return is the same as grown-ups. The tax rules allow you to claim a reliance exception for a child if they dwell with you for more than a large portion of the year, don’t give more than half of their own financial support, and are less than 19 years old at all  times during the tax year, or under 24 if a full-time student.

Your child’s earned income

Dissimilar the other taxpayer, the IRS treats your child differently relying upon whether they earn money from work or through investment. Every single children who gain more than $6,300 of income in 2015 must file an individual income tax return and may owe tax to the IRS. Earned income just applies to wages and pay rates your child gets as a consequence of giving services to a business, even if only through a part-time job.

In any case, regardless of the possibility that your kid earn s not exactly $6,300 amid 2015, it might be a smart thought to document an expense form for them, on the grounds that they could be qualified for an assessment discount. Notwithstanding the measure of salary your youngster wins, their standard finding is not the same as yours. It can never surpass the bigger of $1,050 or their earned salary in addition to $350, with the most extreme equivalent to $6,300.

Your child’s investment income

The rules change when your child gets pay from sources other than job, for example, hobby and dividend payment. At the point when the annual total of this kind of salary exceed $1,050, then a return must be filed for your child.

If your kid’s unearned income just comprises of interest and dividends, then you can choose to incorporate it all alone return and join it with your income. Do this by finishing IRS Form 8814 and attaching it to your personal tax return.

Nonetheless, depending upon the level of your pay, making this race may bring about higher income tax than if you set up a different return for your child. This is because it could push you into a higher tax bracket, where higher tax rates may apply. If you decide to choose to set up a different return for your kid, the same decreased standard deduction rules detailed above will apply.

For more information on myTax 2019, online tax return 2019, myGov 2019, Tax Return 2019 , or any other tax related matter, please call our professional accountant on 1300 768 284 . For more information please contact us at 1300768284 or you can email us atenquiry@taxrefundonspot.com.au

What’s the Easiest Way to Lodge my 2019 Tax Return?

Every year the  ATO releases new tax products, and last year they made eTax for Mac’s, which turned out to be broken and full of problems from the beginning. This year it’s myTax, and even this has been under a large amount of scrutiny of late, with several large security issues for its users. This is being tested, and used in combination with eTax, however with several security issues found earlier in the year for myGov, many people will be wary of it’s suitability to their needs and it’s ability to maximise their refund.

There are so many options, which can make it quite confusing, and overwhelm many people. Even those with basic tax returns. What are the options? Why is Refund Express the best, and how can you get the best outcome to get you the best possible outcome?

Everyone likes the idea of a Free Tax Return, but free doesn’t always get you what you sign up for. The ATO doesn’t make these things for free, and expect you to benefit to the maximum of the law your allowed. The ATO is the Tax Collection office, it’s primary job is to ensure people are paying their fair share. Most Australians pay to use a Registered Tax Agent to do their Tax Returns to make sure they’re getting their share of the money they’re entitled to under the legislation created. So does a ‘Free Tax Return’ really get you the best outcome at the end of the day? It’s your call, but we’re skeptical of anything that is made to make the process more difficult like eTax. Etax Tax Return system can be extremely frustrating for users, and that’s why we created Refund Express.

Why Refund Express & what about the Others?

Refund Express

  • Average time per tax submission on Refund Express is 10 minutes.
  • The quickest any person has lodged with us is 4 minutes, from registering to submission.
  • We make sure you only enter the information that’s relevant to your situation.
  • Your return is checked by an accountant before submission to the ATO.
  • We make tax easy to understand, so you don’t miss out on a bigger refund.
  • It’s a Mobile friendly online tax return. Try it on your tablet or phone!
  • You can exchange messages with your Refund Express accountant directly through your account page.
  • It’s fast, with no need for an appointment. Skip travelling to the accountants office.

Problems when undertaking a trip to the Accountants Office

  • Making an appointment to suit you and them.
  • Accountants can take over an hour or more.
  • Cannot leave your information at home, you have to take it with you.
  • It can get quite expensive. with some charging $180 upto $350 for simple returns.
  • Minimal on going support or updates, without shelling out more money for extra appointments.

Using the Governments new myTax site

  • You have to register with the Government and all of its services.
  • You may miss out on easy deductions or offsets that are not pointed out by the ATO.
  • You might save some money, but miss out on a bigger refund.
  • It’s not checked by a Registered Tax Agent.
  • You have no help or on going support.
  • Any possible errors or mistakes are yours. Basically, you’re on your own.

e-Tax the Overly Complicated Software

  • First you have to download etax, and then install it, and hope it works
  • It has be very time-consuming in the past.
  • You still have to register with myGov in order to use eTax.
  • Again, there’s no Tax Agent to check your Return for you.
  • So many questions to answer that don’t relate to you and your needs.
  • So many errors, and questions that can be frustrating. and time consuming.
  • Simple mistakes can cost you a big refund.

It’s a Trap (Admiral Ackbar)

The Tax Law is a complex area to understand. Its what we do for a living! We’re here to look after you, and your interests in order to take the worry out of the process.  The ATO targets different groups of people in order to audit them. and this year they are planning to match over 640 million transactions in 2013-14. Last financial year, the ATO undertook 450,000 reviews, and audits of individuals. It used data matching to raise $973 million in Tax Revenue from individuals being Audited.

Who uses Tax Agents like Refund Express?

Almost anyone can. and most Australians do. Because most Australians still trust their Registered Tax Agents to prepare their Tax Return correctly. and should Trust them more then the Governments “free Tax Return” options.

Refund Express Australia is an Australia Owned and Australian Run business.  We hire Aussies to support, and look after your Tax Return information.

For more information on myTax 2019, online tax return 2019, myGov 2019, Tax Return 2019 , or any other tax related matter, please call our professional accountant on 1300 768 284 . For more information please contact us at 1300768284 or you can email us atenquiry@taxrefundonspot.com.au