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  1. mark roberts

    tax breaks

    I have a military pension being paid into my UK account, which is being taxed at 20%, I have been told that I shouldn't be paying tax in both countries. However if I notify the Australian tax authorities of my UK income,(which I have to do to claim my tax back in the UK) does that mean that they will then add that sum to my taxable income here, and then tax me on the full amount, if so I may as well keep my mouth shut and just pay the 20% in the UK. Am I wrong, any advice anyone.
  2. Guest

    Tax breaks on visa 175

    Hi there, Wondering if anyone can help. Me and my wife are about to apply for a class 176 visa, we have enough points (125) and have just started getting skills assessed etc. I am a Quantity Surveyor and could get a job at the moment from an employer willing to sponsor me (have a few contacts within Australian companies in the Middle East where we currently live) on a 175 (?!?!) visa. I have been advised by people who've already gone to Oz not to bother and that if we have the points we would be better off as that would put us in a much stronger position to negotiate when we arrive (a friend of mine was about 40k underpaid when he first got to Melbourne but needed a job that was willing to sponsor him and not many were). We're also in no urgent rush, probably 6-12 months before we want to move anyway. Another friend (of my wifes) has mentioned though that being on a sponsored visa also means you pay less tax, does anyone know anything about this? Personally I think it sounds like nonsense and when questioned she said it was just something she'd heard. Any advise or suggestions would be welcome.
  3. oldgit

    Short breaks in Sydney

    Good afternoon all, In a couple of weeks we are popping down to Sydney for a few days. We are only going to be there for 3 days. So with that in mind what are the "must things to see and do" while we are there. Bearing in mind we have an 11yr old daughter. Cheers The oldgit.
  4. Tax breaks to blame for rising house prices. The government has ignored Ken Henry’s prescription for more affordable housing. EVERY time the Reserve Bank of Australia raises interest rates, Wayne Swan expresses his deepest sympathy for hard-pressed Australians with mortgages… …. Of course, you’ll never catch politicians criticising rising house prices…… ….addressing the bias in investment housing towards negatively geared investment, which it describes as “a major distortion in the rental property market”….. The Australian Taxation Office says losses declared from negatively geared property grew by 35 per cent in 2007-08 to $8.6 billion… …While house prices in Australia have tripled since 1996, in the US they increased by 70 per cent….. But with the International Monetary Fund warning of the risk of a housing bubble and Australia a world leader in household debt and unaffordable housing, perhaps rising interest rates or other economic stresses will find their own drastic solution to the problem sooner or later…..
  5. Hi there, Im not British, but I have found this forum really great, so I have a question. I have been with my aussie partner for 6 years but we have been living in my country in Europe. Now, we would like to settle in Australia. I think that gaining a de facto visa should be no problem considering the length of our relationship but I wanted to ask one question: Once I get my permanent residency, will it be affected somehow in case my aussie partner leaves me? I know, Im picturing the worst scenario there is, but you cant influence other people´s behaviour. Thank you heaps! Linda
  6. Guest

    hours and breaks

    what is the typical working day in sydney,have been sent a roster for a job i have been shortlisted for and it looks pretty gruelling,4 week rotation first week 7 days straight 72 hrs/ 2nd week 2x 8 hr shifts- 3rd week 7 nights straight 72hrs-4th week off. I am use to shift work but this seems a bit mad,it works out 38hrs a week, and wether its a 12 or 8 hr shift yo only get 30min meal break:skeptical: