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Building and Construction Employees Business - Claiming against allowances

by Tom Polkinghorne | May 19, 2017


In order to assist our clients better understand the tax environment in which they operate, last month Vincents released the first of a two part series to summarise the rules relating to claiming deductions for building and construction employees. Part 2 will outline how receiving an allowance from your employer expands the claims available to construction workers. The information within this article is of a general nature only and should not be relied upon in place of specific taxation advice.

Claims against allowances

Building and construction employees may receive allowances that are shown as a separate amount on their payment summary. These amounts are considered to be part of an employee’s income. Allowances are specifically to be declared at item 2 on the taxpayer’s income tax return.

However, while all taxpayers are entitled to claim deductions for the expenses they incur in deriving income, including an allowance, there are some special rules that relate to allowances that may reduce substantiation ...

Easter Weekend Trading Hours For North Lakes and Mango Hill Major Retailers

by | Apr 12, 2017

Trading Hours for North Lakes Shops

If you're staying local for the Easter long weekend, you will find below the public holiday trading hours for major retailers in North Lakes and Mango Hill from Good Friday 14th April through to Easter Monday 17th April 2017. 

Westfield Shopping Centre Trading Hours 

Store opening times are subject to change & trading hours are at the individual retailer’s discretion. Theatres, restaurants and department stores often operate different hours. Please call the store directly before visiting. View retailers with different hours below.

Friday 14 April - CLOSED

Saturday 15 April - 9am - 5pm

Sunday 16 April - 10am - 5pm

Monday 17 April - 10am - 5pm

Woolworths North Lakes Westfield Trading Hours 

Friday 14 April - CLOSED

Saturday 15 April - 8am - 6pm

Sunday 16 April - 9am - 6pm

Monday 17 April - 9am - 6pm

Coles North Lakes Westfield and Mango Hill Market Place Trading Hours 

Friday 14 April - CLOSED

Saturday 15 April - 8am ...

North Lakes Community Urged To Help Puppies Reach Their Potential

by Petbarn North Lakes | Apr 12, 2017

Seeing eye dog fundraising with Petbarn North Lakes

For many of us the thought of losing our vision is not only frightening but something unimaginable. But in reality, there are an estimated 350,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision, many of those who would love the assistance of a seeing eye dog. To help make this possible, The Pet Foundation have teamed up with Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) to kick off a major fundraising appeal.

The SEDA Appeal, which launched across Petbarn stores nationally on Monday 20 March will run for a total of six weeks, with the aim to raise $700,000 to cover the costs of training 14 Seeing Eye Dogs.

The Pet Foundation and SEDA are urging locals to dig deep and show their support for this worthy cause by simply visiting their local North Lakes Petbarn store and making a donation towards the Appeal. For those who can’t make it in store, a contribution can be made online by visiting

Tell The Easter Bunny Not To Share

by Petbarn North Lakes | Apr 05, 2017

Dog friendly treats for easter by Petbarn North Lakes - North Lakes community

Experts at Petbarn North Lakes are urging locals to be selfish and keep their chocolate treats for themselves this Easter, with only pet-specific treats to be given to their beloved four-legged friends.

“Pets are like any other member of our family, however it’s important to remember that chocolate can actually be toxic to our little friends. We recommend planning ahead and buying your beloved pet some specific treats that you can offer them over Easter. If you give them your chocolate you may risk a visit to the vet – which can be expensive mistake to make over the long weekend when your normal veterinarian clinic may not be open,” said Bec Lill, Store Manager from Petbarn North Lakes.

In addition to being a chocolate-filled season, Easter is also a time when many Australian families head off for a long weekend away, which can be either very exciting or stressful for some pets.

“Most pets enjoy a routine, so taking ...

Help The North Lakes Market Find A Permanent Home

by | Mar 29, 2017

North Lakes twilight market looking for a new home

The North Lakes Twilight Market has been a very popular market for the North Lakes community and has now outgrown their second venue at the Mango Hill Marketplace. Prior to that, the markets were held at the Masters carpark, but they are now again looking for a permanent home in North Lakes.  And they are asking for the community to help them find it!

With their small site at Mango Hill Marketplace only providing room for only 52 stall sites, mixed with the success and influx of people coming through the centre carpark, market organisers have been asked to relocate once again.

“The response from the community for these markets have been fantastic” says Darren the Market Manager.

“During our last market on March 11, close to 5000 people attended which was great! But sadly we were informed that we can’t use the venue anymore, therefore we have had to close down the market again in order to find a ...

Hop Into Bunnings North Lakes For Easter Family Fun

by Bunnings North Lakes | Mar 29, 2017

Easter Family Fun at Bunnings North Lakes

With one of the most egg-citing times of year almost upon us, Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes is inviting local residents to hop to their local free Easter Family Night on Thursday 6th April for an egg-cellent celebration.

The annual Easter Family Night will include entertainment and activities for the whole family, including an Easter egg hunt, Kids D.I.Y. Workshops, light refreshments and a special visit from the Easter bunny!

Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes Complex Manager Kristen O'Callaghan said the Easter Family Night is always a great chance for the family to enjoy time together and celebrate the upcoming school holidays. 

“The team love seeing local families, friends and many familiar faces enjoy our Easter celebrations. Easter themed Kids D.I.Y. Workshops are a great chance for kids to get creative, and for the entire family to have a fun night out,” said Kristen.

Bookings are recommended so please contact Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes to reserve your spot.

See more event info here.

Easter workshops for the family at Bunnings North Lakes

Support Your Community and Band Together for Neighbour Day Sunday 26 March

by | Mar 22, 2017

Neighbourhood Day March 26 in North Lakes

North Lakes and its surrounding suburbs including Mango Hill, Griffin, and Murrumba Downs, amongst others, are all united in creating a harmonious, inclusive community. Though we are a tight knit community, let’s face it – we can always improve.

Neighbourhood Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community spirit, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. It aims to foster strong personal connections that last a lifetime.

It is celebrated on the last Sunday of March, so clear your schedule for this upcoming Sunday the 26th. For 2017, the annual theme is ‘The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly.’

A wide range of studies show that social exclusion and loneliness are detrimental to mental and physical health, while social participation is positively associated with improved wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. Unfortunately for the elderly, social networks often diminish over time and the risk of depression and health issues increase.

The annual theme for ...

Free DIY Workshops for Adults and Creative Activities for Kids during School Holidays at Bunnings North Lakes

by | Mar 22, 2017

Free Adult Workshops & Creative Activities for Kids School Holidays North Lakes

North Lakes & surrounding residents are kings and queens of D.I.Y. And their kids are just as creative, especially on school holidays.

You can tap into a range of handy D.I.Y. tips to tackle your next project this April at Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes with these Adult Workshops.

Held every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, the free workshops focus on a wide range of projects and provide expert advice for locals.

Free Adult DIY Workshops for April at Bunnings North Lakes - North Lakes community Blog Whats on

Kids can also enjoy free D.I.Y. workshops at Bunnings, held every Saturday and Sunday.

The free classes give kids the chance to get creative and keep busy during the school holidays.

Free Kids DIY Workshops for April at Bunnings North Lakes - North Lakes Community Blog and whats On

We hope these free workshops help to inspire your newest creations around the home!

For more information, contact Bunnings North Lakes

Free Coffee Grounds & Recycled Compost From IKEA - Why and How To Use Them

by | Mar 08, 2017

Free compost for your garden from IKEA North Lakes - Closed Loop Recyled Compost User Guide in articleGreen thumbs and household gardening enthusiast in and around North Lakes will be happy to know that IKEA North Lakes now offer free coffee grounds and organic compost to anyone who would like it. 

As part of their contribution to helping the environment and encouraging sustainable living, IKEA North Lakes have decided to take it one step further and completely recycle the used coffee grounds and vegetable compost from their restaurant and cafe. 

According to their website, residents can help themselves to the used coffee grounds at IKEA North Lakes Recycling Station in front of Exchanges and Returns located on the lower level every Friday.

Free used coffee grounds for your garden from IKEA North Lakes - How and why to use them - cropped

How Do Coffee Grounds Help Your Garden?

According to this online gardening source, the benefits of using coffee grounds as a fertilizer is that it "adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. The used coffee grounds will also help microorganisms beneficial to plant growth thrive as well as ...

Building and Construction Employees – Navigating Tax Deductions Part 1

by Katrina Brennan | Mar 08, 2017

Tax for Construction workers and Builders - North Lakes Tax and Business Advisory

As an employee in the building and construction industry, it is often confusing as to what tax deductions are available to you. To make life easier, Accountants Practice Vincents has summarised the rules in a two-part article. The first part deals with claiming deductions. The second part deals with how allowances expand the claims available to construction workers. All taxpayers are entitled to claim tax deductions for the expenses they incurred whilst doing their job, as long as the expenses are not personal and receipts or written evidence are kept.

Motor Vehicle expenses:

Australian taxation law sets out that travelling from home to work and vice-versa is not considered to be work-related travel, therefore cannot usually be claimed as a tax deduction. However, you may be able to claim the cost of using your car to travel between home and work if:

  • You have to carry bulky tools and equipment to use at work; and
  • Transporting the equipment to and from work is essential, ...
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