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Amended Returns

We get a lot of people who tried doing their own tax return here in Australia and got it wrong…these people often end up getting a very small tax refund or owing money to the tax office. If this sounds familiar get in touch with us as we could well put it right for you […]

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Get the biggest Tax Refund Possible!

Most people are only interested in tax when they realise they can get a tax?refund here in Australia! So I thought it might be handy to give some tips on ensuring you get the biggest tax refund possible… The number one thing to remember is that you have to be classified as a resident for […]

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Backpackers Part Year Tax Returns

There is often confusion as to when people can claim their tax back part way through the year and what’s needed to be able to get this taxback. The answer is pretty straightforward, you lodge a normal return at the end of June each year, them when you have finished working in Australia for the […]

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LAFHA Reform

All change in LAFHA As from 1st July next year the government will be reforming the Living Away From Home Allowance. Canberra have reported the cost of LAFHA to the Australian taxpayer increasing from 162 million in 2004-05 to $740 million in 2010-11. Whats gonna change? ? Access to the tax exemption for temporary residents […]

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Buddy wins case against the Australian Tax Office

Backpackers Buddy has won a case it lodged for client Matthew Groves against the Australian Taxation Office. The favourable ruling enables all backpackers who have lodged a tax return in the last two years to resubmit the paper work to seek amendments that will increase their refund amount. In 2010, Groves, a British backpacker and […]

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Cairns

Cairns to me feels like a giant shopping mall?very comfortable and whilst it has everything you need, you wouldn?t want to stay there longer than needed. Cairns is a very popular Backpackers destination and it shows! There are over 40 Hostels in the city, I stayed at Calypso (some people know it as Zanzibar (which […]

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Innisfail

An hour and a half south of Cairns is the town of Innisfail, all though small it offers more than many picking and packing towns. There are 4 main Hostels which all cater for travellers looking for work. There is employment offered all year round, although in the winter (still stupidly hot) it does slow […]

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