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Importing your Car

Importing your car into Australia

Quite frankly, returning expatriates and migrants will find luxury new car prices in Australia both astounding, and depressing.

Australian Expatriate "Voting Rights"

An Australian election on September 7, 2013

We now have a Federal election scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 and unfortunately the rules and regulations surrounding voting overseas continue to make it difficult or impossible for Australians to maintain their ability to vote. This is completely contrary to the position regarding tax residency, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to escape the clutches of the ATO.

A Financial Checklist

A Financial Checklist for Australian Expatriates

This is not difficult. The Checklist below is simply a summary of the things you need to consider or do if moving overseas from Australia on a long-term basis.

Forex transfers - bank robbery?

Forex transfers - bank robbery

Expats who take a relaxed approach to managing their forex transfers will often find that it costs them dearly.

Buying foreign property

Australians buying overseas property

Some signs are appearing that the apparently never-ending financial crisis in Europe is coming to an end - indeed, the UK is currently experiencing a significant turnaround.

Australian Superannuation - Yet more changes!

Superannuation Changes

We seem to have a Government as present which, when faced with a fork in the road always decides to take the "wrong one". Consequently, facing a Budget blow out of very significant proportions (too much spending and too little "mining tax" revenue") they decided to focus of the "Cookie Jar", which is every right minded politician's view of superannuation.

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament this week to increase compulsory employer super guarantee (SG) contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent. This is to be done in regular stages over the next seven years and the current age limit of 75 for making contributions will also be removed.

Is the Australian Government Expat Unfriendly?

Is the current Australian Government expat unfriendly?

Over three years ago the current Australian Federal Government decided to withdraw the tax exemption available under section 23AG of the Tax Act in relation to the income earned by Australian residents overseas, if they met certain conditions. It was a monumentally stupid thing to do, and that remains the case.

It pays to regularly review your mortgage

Review your Australian mortgage while overseas

Current Australian mortgage interest rates are at near 30 year lows, although there are signs that rates will rise in the medium term.

Smartphones and the cost of "Global Roaming"

Global roaming risks extortionate mobile phone data costs

Australia has one of the highest penetrations of smartphone users in the world and individuals going overseas risk extreme "budget shock" if they allow their phones to keep them automatically updated about the weather, news and sporting results, much less using them for web browsing, email and video viewing.