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Old 10-21-2011, 05:55 PM
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hi guys,

i have posted my few posts before and ready to lodge my application. Evrything going good until i read prev thread about tax return.

So i asked my aussy partner about this and he told me his tax agent did not ask about his relationship before whether he de facto or not when he asked her to do his tax. Is this will be a problem on my visa process?

This tax thing is really bothering me. Additional information, when we filled census 2011 in Australia our status is defacto. Is this will help my visa? or DIAC will not check.

THANK YOU GUYS..=)


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Think you are worried for nothing.

Those guys were cheating on the tax returns.


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Turboadam who is cheating?

Perthian I wouldn't worry. The spouse for tax return is included so that if as a couple you earn beneath a certain amount you get a tax offset. My partner & I had ours done together but the accountant didn't put us as spouse. We have the receipt from the accountants though in both our names. The return doesn't mean that you are single though, for tax purpose it may have made no difference to the rebate/ bill is all. So I wouldn't worry.


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Old 10-22-2011, 02:22 AM
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I agree with the others - don't worry. In Australia when we lodge a tax return, the amount we get back doesn't change if we have a partner or not, so there's nothing on the forms that asks about your relationship status. That other thread were people from a country who either said they were single or who lied about having a dependant to make savings, that's not how it works in Australia.


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Old 10-22-2011, 05:27 AM
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hi guys,

Thank you so much..i feel so much better now..i was so worried before..Thanks again guys..=)
have a nice day everyone.


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Old 10-22-2011, 11:32 PM
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Turboadam who is cheating? .
The thread referred to is all about individuals who were claiming a dependant spouse in their Australian tax returns and did not actually have a spouse.

When their new spouse/prospective spouse lodged their (partner/PMV) visa application, DIAC looked at the sponsors previous years tax returns and saw that they had claimed a tax deduction for a different person named to that which they were sponsoring. As no divorce certificates had been included in the immigration application, this threw up a red flag.

In some cases, the sponsor had (for example) claimed for a spouse called X in 2010 return and the stated in the immi app. that they were in a genuine, commited, ongoing relationship with Y since year 2009. This again threw up red flags.

They individuals concerned were caused to amend their tax returns for those years and pax that extra tax as well as having sgnificant delays caused to their spouses immigtration application.

It was a ver long thread here not all that long ago - very interesting.


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Old 10-22-2011, 11:48 PM
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I agree with the others - don't worry. In Australia when we lodge a tax return, the amount we get back doesn't change if we have a partner or not, so there's nothing on the forms that asks about your relationship status. That other thread were people from a country who either said they were single or who lied about having a dependant to make savings, that's not how it works in Australia.
Actually Sarah, you are incorrect. In Australia, if you have a spouse who for example does not work, there is a rebate that the working partner can claim on their tax return. That is what those people were doing, but didnt actually have a spouse.


eg from ATO website -

Dependent spouse tax offset

Change to dependent spouse rebate

On 11 May 2011, (as part of the 2010-11 Budget measures) the Treasurer announced changes to the dependent spouse tax offset. As announced, it is proposed that from 1 July 2011 only taxpayers with a dependent spouse born on or before 30 June 1971 will be eligible to claim this offset.

Taxpayers with an invalid or permanently disabled spouse, supporting a carer, or people who are eligible for the zone, overseas forces and overseas civilian tax offsets will not be affected by this change.

At the time of publishing, this announcement had not become law. For information on the progress of this announcement and how it may affect you, see New legislation.



Do you have a dependent spouse with an adjusted taxable income of less than $9,702?

Your spouse includes another person (whether of the same or opposite sex) who:

you are in a relationship with that is registered under a prescribed state or territory law
although not legally married to you, lives with you on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.
Adjusted taxable income includes your:

taxable income
adjusted fringe benefits (reportable fringe benefits multiplied by 0.535)
tax-free pensions or benefits
target foreign income (income from overseas not reported in your tax return)
reportable superannuation contributions (this includes both reportable employer superannuation contributions and deductible personal superannuation contributions)
total net investment losses (this includes both net financial investment loss and net rental property loss)
less
deductible child maintenance expenditure (child support you paid).
You cannot claim a dependent spouse tax offset if:

you answer 'NO' to this question
you or your spouse are eligible for family tax benefit Part B at the 100% FTB shared care percentage
you are not an Australian resident for tax purposes.


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Actually Sarah, you are incorrect. In Australia, if you have a spouse who for example does not work, there is a rebate that the working partner can claim on their tax return. That is what those people were doing, but didnt actually have a spouse.

On 11 May 2011, (as part of the 2010-11 Budget measures) the Treasurer announced changes to the dependent spouse tax offset. As announced, it is proposed that from 1 July 2011 only taxpayers with a dependent spouse born on or before 30 June 1971 will be eligible to claim this offset.
Oh sorry this is news to me. I got my tax done at H&R block by an accountant who did not ask me about my marital status. But it says that to claim the offset the spouse has to be born on or beofre 30 June 1971, or did this not in fact come into effect?


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Old 10-23-2011, 07:13 AM
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Oh sorry this is news to me. I got my tax done at H&R block by an accountant who did not ask me about my marital status. But it says that to claim the offset the spouse has to be born on or beofre 30 June 1971, or did this not in fact come into effect?
yes, also they did not ask my partner at all.

anyways, speaking about tax, i have other question about centrelink.

so my partner moved in with me on 1st september and at this time he still stayed at his old address sometime because he still have some of his stuff there.

at the same day or the day before as i remember he registered centrelink and he got centrelink payment only 2 weeks before he got his job 22nd of september. the thing is he gave his old address to centrelink.

I have written in my statement mention about this 2 weeks centrelink dilemma. do you think this will be a problem?

I have my landlord states that he moved in with me on 1st sept and all his bills and bank statement cover 12 months from september.

And about form 40sp:

question 12: When did you and your fiancé(e) or partner make the decision that you both:
• wanted to commit to a long-term spouse or de facto relationship;

question 13: When and where did you begin a married or de facto relationship with your partner?
A spouse or de facto relationship is a relationship between a couple who have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of any other spouse relationships or any other de facto relationships.

I don't really understand this question related to my story. So he started to move in on 1st september but we also still stayed at his old house sometime until few days he started his new job on22nd sept.

So should i fill q.12: 1st sept and q13: 19 of september (few days before he started work)? or should i fill both question 1st september?

thanks guys.


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Old 10-24-2011, 01:48 AM
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Oh sorry this is news to me. I got my tax done at H&R block by an accountant who did not ask me about my marital status. But it says that to claim the offset the spouse has to be born on or beofre 30 June 1971, or did this not in fact come into effect?
I understand that the ability to claim for a dependant spouse has been available for many years. It appears from the above that the ATO is looking to curtail this rebate. I do not know if it above became legislation or not. I hope not!

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