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NickyNook last won the day on March 3 2019

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  1. The original post is nearly seven years old. Why bother resurrecting it? The OP probably decided where to live long ago.
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    Superannuation - Expired PR and Tax

    Just to clarify - yes, the ATO will take your super if it's not claimed within 6 months but you haven't lost it for ever. You can still claim it - but you have to claim it from them rather than your Super fund.
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    UK State Pensions

    Your friend's figure doesn't sound quite right to me. My husband also claimed his UK pension 9 years ago. He also gets about 21 pounds a week. The difference is he only had 5 years of contributions (from age 16 to age 21 when he arrived here). If your friend really did have 18 years of contributions (I believe they start counting from the age of 16 regardless of whether you actually worked at that age), then I'd say she's being underpaid.
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    Moving back to UK after living in Aus, (NEED HELP)

    You're all British citizens by the sound of it. As you were born in Britain you're classed as being British 'otherwise than by descent'. As your daughter is the child of a British citizen but born abroad she is classed as British 'by descent'. Similarly your partner also being the child of a British citizen but born abroad is also classed as British 'by descent'. This assumes that your partner was born between 1983 and 2006 - if she wasn't then she's not automatically British but can apply for British citizenship. All you need to do is apply for British passports for everyone. Here: https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports No visas required. Easy!
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    What the ATO have to say is here - https://www.ato.gov.au/forms/applying-for-a-departing-australia-super-payment/ Namely, 'If you are a former temporary resident who accumulated superannuation (super) while working in Australia you can claim your super from your super fund if all of the following are met: you entered Australia on a temporary visa listed under the Migration Act 1958(excluding subclasses 405 and 410) your visa is no longer in effect you have departed Australia you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia.' So, no, you can't get your superannuation early if you have PR. And you should note that even if you're able to get it as a temporary resident, you'd lose a good percentage in additional tax.
  6. Always amuses me how it's always the one-post, new members who want copies of someone else's CV. Don't be tempted to provide one. They'll probably end up for sale somewhere online.
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    Family balance test

    Surely that only applies while the OPs stepfather is still alive? Once he dies then the OP's mother will then pass the BOF test. I think that is what the OP is asking about - getting her mother to Australia after her husband has passed away. The definition of 'Step-child' is 'your current partner's child' according to https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-aged-parent-864/balance-of-family-test . When she is a widow, she will not have a current partner, will she?
  8. Yes. And one of them has already responded to you.
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    Info for anyone applying to renew UK passports

    I renewed my British passport a few years ago and also thought that their requirement to provide photocopies of EVERY page of my Oz passport was taking things a little too far. Apart from the inconvenience of having to scan/photocopy loads of blank pages, it would have increased the cost of posting the paperwork to the UK as it would have been a giant wodge of paper winging its way across the world for no real good reason. How would the UK Passport Office know whether I had a current Australian passport, anyway, unless I told them? I ignored their request and received my new British passport with no questions and no problems.
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    Wow. Never realised this. And it's not new either! So people on temp visas are treated completely differently to the rest of us and effectively get no option but to pay the additional tax when withdrawing their super. Very interesting.
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    If you're 60, you can withdraw your Super as a lump sum, tax-free, anyway. https://www.superguide.com.au/retirement-planning/legal-ways-to-withdraw-your-super-benefits
  12. You must have a really different system of selling property in Vic. We sold our house in NSW earlier this year. On the front page of the standard contract was a box listing all the inclusions/exclusions. Hard to miss thus very easy to check it was correct. Don't Victorian contracts have something similar?
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    Going Home

    The two Australian-born children are British by descent - assuming their British mother was born in the UK, so is not British by descent herself. Similarly the Australian-born husband is also British by descent - assuming his British father was also born in Britain, so is not British by descent himself. No need for a Spouse visa. No-one has lost their British citizenship because they took out Australian citizenship. Just apply for British passports for everyone.
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    Passport Question

    But passports don't get stamped anywhere these days. Leaving Australia (well, leaving from Sydney airport anyway) using an Australian passport is totally automated. Your passport is scanned by a machine, you look at a machine, the system verifies it's you and it lets you out. You don't get to speak to anyone, and no-one stamps your passport. All new British passports are machine-readable nowadays so you - as a PR holder - would go through the same procedure as your kids. Scan the passport, look at the machine, system verifies it's you and it lets you go. No people to talk to, no stamps in passports. And UK immigration won't give a rats that your kids won't have an Australian exit stamp in their british passports. Millions of people have dual nationalities and use multiple passports. It's not an issue.
  15. You don't need to advise the ATO in advance that a Tax Agent is doing your tax. It just means you won't get a fine for submitting your Tax Return late, if it comes in via a Tax Agent. That's all.