Glossary beginning with R

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Refund search for term

An amount paid back by the ATO to a taxpayer when the taxpayer has paid more tax than they are liable to pay.

Regressive tax search for term

A tax charged at a set dollar amount, regardless of the value of the transaction. The passenger movement charge (also called departure tax) on passengers at airports is a regressive tax.

Retirement savings account (RSA) search for term

A savings account set up specifically for the purpose of saving funds for retirement.

Return search for term

The net amount an individual receives from an investment.

Revenue / government revenue search for term

The income of a government (from taxes, excise duties or other sources) used for the payment of public expenses.

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The chance of loss on a financial investment.

Rollover search for term

When an individual transfers super money from one super fund into another.

  • Fact 1

    In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a 'beard token'. This was a copper or silver token inscribed with 'the tax has been taken' and 'the beard is a superfluous burden'.

Withholding declaration

A document that helps an employee notify their employer of a change in their PAYG withholding, for example, an entitlement to a tax offset. A withholding declaration authorises the employer to reduce or increase the amount of tax withheld from payments.

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