Family and legacy

Do this for your Dad

Saturday at our house is father-and-son day. Usually that means running around chasing chooks, manhandling the sheepdog, and getting as dirty as possible. However, when our house burned down (a couple of years ago) we found ourselves holed up temporarily in the city — so I was forced to improvise....

Family and legacy

Who taught you about money?

Right now I’m on holidays with my family in Bali. The last time Liz and I were here, we were newlyweds without a care in the world. I’d romantically feed her strawberries and we’d laze by the pool, armed only with our bathers, towels and a frosty beer. “Tapas?” Liz...

Family and legacy

Who You Should Have Voted For

Happy new financial year! Actually, the start of the new fiscal year won’t be that happy for everybody. I’ve always thought that politics was showbiz for ugly people, and the weekend’s non-election had more twists and turns that an episode of House of Cards. It seems like the only real...

Taxes

The ATO is targetting you this year

This week, in preparation for tax time, I spoke to one of the most powerful people at the Australian Tax Office, Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte. Or Whytey, for short. (I don’t know if anyone has ever referred to him as that before — but I’m going with it). Whytey (straight...