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Are you working and also considering study?

If you enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs as a self-education expense.

With tax time just around the corner, and with 20% off* all course fees, right now is a great time to tackle your goals and enrol in a Nationally Recognised or Personal Development course.

What may be claimable?

computer consumables and equipment repairs

purchase of equipment or technical instruments costing less than $300

home office running costs

fares

stationery

textbooks

course fees

accommodation and meals (if away from home overnight)

interest

phone calls

student union fees

trade, professional, or academic journals

decline in value for depreciating assets (cost exceeds $300)

parking fees (only for work-related claims)

internet usage (excluding connection fees)

postage

student services and amenities fees

travel to-and-from place of education


How much can you save?

How much you will save depends on your taxation rate and the course cost.

Here’s a guide:

  • Our Certificate IV Accounting & Bookkeeping course is pay-in-full $2320.00

  • After 20% off promotion, this is reduced to $1856.00

  • If you are taxed at an average rate of 32.5% your course is further reduced to $1252.80

That’s a total saving of $1067.20

To get ahead of your competition in the employment stakes, you need to demonstrate that you are prepared to continue your education, as often as possible. An education course is a great way of ensuring you keep up to speed with industry developments relating to your field, and with the added bonus of making you look motivated to any potential employers.

To help encourage employers and employees alike to undertake educational programs, there are a number of self-education tax deductions available, which include courses undertaken at educational institutions (whether leading to a formal qualification or not), attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

The expenses for self-education can be deducted provided there is a direct and provable link between the course undertaken, and how you derive your income.

You will need to satisfy any of the following tests to be entitled to a tax deduction:

The expense has a relevant connection to your current income earning activities (i.e. the course must be relevant or incidental to how you derive your assessable income).

The self-education program being undertaken enables you to maintain or improve the skills or knowledge necessary to carry out your income earning activities.

The self-education leads to or is likely to lead to, an increase in your income from your current income-earning activities in the future.

Are you eligible for this reduction?

  • You must be a student at Australian College and paying in full for your course fees to fully claim this financial year
  • You must be employed at the time of enrolment, and the course must be sufficiently related to this employment
  • The course must be 12 months or less to fully claim this financial year

* You may have to reduce the claim by $250

June 30th is approaching quickly, so enrol now, keep a copy of your receipt and save significantly! For more information on claiming self-education expenses visit the Australian Taxation Office website here.

Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

Claim your tax invoice, Enrol Now!

Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Self-education-expenses

 
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EOFY is coming! Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. Planning ahead of time and getting everything in one place can definitely help you make the most of it this year.

 

Here are some practical tips that can possibly maximise your tax return before the end of the financial year.

 

Organise your documents

 

Keep all your financial paperwork tidy. Organise your receipts and other relevant documents as soon as you get them. Make use of colour-coded binders or folders to avoid mix-up and store everything in one easy-to-find location.

 

Set an appointment with your tax accountant

 

This is a good time to contact your tax accountant to determine and schedule the most suitable time and day for an appointment. Booking it early could save you potential headaches down the road. If you’re not able to go due to travel restrictions, you may also safely lodge your tax return online. Read more about it on the ato.gov.au website.

 

Leverage your accounting software

 

Accounting programs have powerful features so make the most out of it if you have one installed in your system. There are platforms that allow you to share data securely and efficiently to your accountant for safe-keeping.

 

Be aware of government stimulus measures

 

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian government has released the COVID-19 stimulus package. It pays to be informed and always be updated of how this will affect you when you lodge your tax return. Get more information regarding tax relief measures from the ato.gov.au website.

 

Claim self-education expenses

 

If you are studying or planning to study, you may be eligible to claim self-education expenses. Enrol in a course before 30th June, and the course is sufficiently related to your employment, you may be able to claim the course and certain related costs such as attendance at work-related seminars or industry-specific conferences.

 

Claim home office expenses

 

If you are employed, you may be eligible to claim office expenses. Especially now that Coronavirus is causing massive disruption to the workplace, a lot of companies aim to protect their employees by having flexible work arrangements. When you have set up a home office, it may be possible for you to claim work-related expenses such as internet usage, mobile plan usage, computer repairs, software subscriptions, and others that you paid yourself and will not be reimbursed by your company.



Please note: The information in this blog is general advice only and is not intended to be financial or legal advice. You should obtain your own independent advice in relation to tax deductions that may be available to you.

 

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When it comes to job-hunting, have you ever experienced being directly approached by recruitment agencies and potential employers even when you’re not actively looking for a new job? It’s not very common but when it happens, it only means one thing - you are a very strong candidate that’s why great offers come to you and not the other way around.

 

“Basic economic theory tells us that if you want something that’s both rare and valuable, you need something rare and valuable to offer in return—this is Supply and Demand 101. It follows that if you want a great job, you need something of great value to offer in return.”



― Cal Newport

 

Here are things that you can do to market yourself as a strong candidate in today's highly dynamic world of careers:

 

Create a Linkedin Profile

 

Linkedin is very similar to Facebook but it’s more of a place where you can find and connect with different industry professionals. Nowadays, business owners and recruiters are actively using this platform to reach out to suitable candidates before posting a job ad. It’s also possible to use it as an online resume or portfolio to highlight your current skills, knowledge and experience. You can even ask other people in your network for recommendations to strengthen your profile even more.

 

Develop Your Soft Skills

 

In order to succeed in your chosen field, you need to focus on soft skills development as much as you do on building and improving your hard skills. These types of skills are often neglected because they are deemed unimportant, but they are actually as significant as your technical abilities and expertise. Click here to read more.

 

Work on Your Strengths

 

Have you discovered what your strengths are? Strengths are naturally manifested through daily life. Like for instance when you learn to do certain tasks quickly and with ease, then that turns into your personal strength. It then becomes a part of your identity and gives you a better grasp of who you are. Your strengths are your assets so focus more on them rather than your weaknesses. Click here to read more.

 

Study A Qualification

 

When you apply for a job, you will notice that an education background is still needed and considered important. Work experience can help further down the track - it increases opportunities and professional development but also having a professional qualification uplifts your resume. Nationally recognised and accredited training is definitely highly valued and can be extremely rewarding on so many levels. Click here to read more.

 

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”



― Steve Martin



“You don't have to be a brain surgeon to be a valuable person. You become valuable because of the knowledge that you have. And that doesn't mean you won't fail sometimes. The important thing is to keep trying.”



― Ben Carson



“With advances in technology come new in-demand career paths.”



― Tae Yoo



“In business, you're the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand. ”



― Barbara Corcoran



 


 

Pursue Your Passion!

 

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Whether you are looking to upskill or reskill to improve your career prospects or are looking for an exciting new career opportunity, you will find a course to meet your needs in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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Isolation requires us to stay home, not hang out with our friends, and especially not go to the pub for a beer and that weekly parmigiana special. But it’s not all doom and gloom! There are plenty of things to do at home, and our list can help inspire you.

 

Exercise: Isolation Transformation! Now is the perfect time to get moving and ‘wow’ your colleagues, family members and friends. If you don’t have access to gym equipment, don’t stress! All you need is a water bottle, sweat towel, space on the floor to move and your own body weight. Lunges, push ups, sit ups, squats, plank, star jumps, you get the idea. 

 

Do a clean out: Out with the old, in the with new! Isolation is the perfect time to go through your wardrobe and clear out those “why did I buy this” “I’ve never worn that” “these don’t fit me” items. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, it’s time to move it on! 

 

Do an online course: Lots of time spent at home has created the perfect opportunity to study online! Now is the time to develop your knowledge and skills and get qualified. Whether it’s for work or hobby purposes, online study provides safe learning from the comfort of your own home. 

 

Get crafty: Want to catch up with friends but still maintain isolation? Host a ‘cork and canvas’ or ‘sip and paint’ on Zoom! Get yourself some paints, brushes and a canvas (oh and some wine of course), then create a Zoom video call, where everyone can see each other and paint at the same time. Imagine a paint class online, where everyone is trying to paint the same thing at the same time. There are plenty of examples online or come up with your own canvas idea for everyone to paint (don’t forget what steps you took so you can share it with your friends). 

 

Self-care: Treat yo self! Face masks, nail polish, bubble baths, tanning, hair treatment, exfoliating, eyebrow tints, the list goes on! Take some time out to relax and nourish your body. You don’t have to spend money on expensive products, there are plenty of DIY recipes online. 

 

Learn a new language: Hola! Those countless mind-numbing hours of sitting around with nothing to do… GONE! Check out an app called ‘Duolingo’ which is fun, interactive and educational. Allow the notifications to pop up and you’ll be reminded to use the app daily; you’ll be on your way to fluency in no time.

 

 

Discover Safe Online Learning with Australian College

 

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Whether you are looking to upskill or reskill to improve your career prospects or are looking for an exciting new career opportunity, you will find a course to meet your needs in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

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Have you ever wished that all your problems would go away in a snap of a finger? Problems, especially complex ones wear us down and make us feel out of control. When we get overwhelmed with too much burden, we tend to retreat, cut corners, and find the easiest way out even if we are aware that it’s not the right thing to do.

 

We just want to quickly fix things the best way we know how; but although we’re acting out of good intentions, we should accept the fact that it’s not that simple to untangle from difficult situations. Actively avoid these negative habits and replace them with problem-solving strategies instead.

 

Problem-solving is a very useful skill especially during certain circumstances that require you to think quickly on your feet. Here are key points to take into consideration to become a more effective problem solver:

 

Reflection

 

Doing regular daily reflections will help keep the balance and save you a lot of time and effort by centering all your energies in positive and productive activities instead of spending time trying to suppress negative patterns.

 

Persistence and Commitment

 

Ensuring solutions are put into practice even when exposed to outside influences is the way to go. Times are changing and being flexible and ready to adapt to new challenges will make you become a better problem-solver.

 

Evaluate

 

Having an open mind and always viewing things objectively definitely helps in creating logical solutions. When solutions do not work for the first time, retrace and evaluate the steps you’ve made and tweak strategies when needed and be prepared to consider alternative solutions. Constantly test your proficiency and leverage successful results.

 

Coping

 

Sometimes it’s best to accept things the way they are instead of focusing our time and effort in trying to fix something. If the situation is becoming too much of a burden and already disrupting the sense of normality of everyday life, then it’s time to let it go and direct your attention to more important issues. One day you will reflect, look back and realise you’ve made the right decision

 

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”



― Robert H. Shulle



“Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.”




― Gerald M. Weinberg



“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.”




― Tony Robbins



Related blogs:

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Let Your Challenges Shape You

How to Make Better Decisions

 

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Discover Safe Online Learning with Australian College

 

Study a nationally accredited and professional online course and get 20% off*. Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive an eVoucher that can be used on top of our monthly promotion.

 

Whether you are looking to upskill or reskill to improve your career prospects or are looking for an exciting new career opportunity, you will find a course to meet your needs in our extensive online course catalogue.

 

*Terms & Conditions Apply.

 

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