‘We really are close’: Budget predicted to return to surplus next financial year

It's been about a decade since Australia's budget was in surplus, but Deloitte Access Economics is forecasting we will get there in 2019-20, and that could mean both political parties spend more money to woo voters ahead of next year's federal election.

Vulnerable taxpayers would get free legal advice under Labor ‘tax clinic’ plan

Low-income taxpayers would be able to access free legal advice and help during tax disputes, under a Federal Opposition plan aimed at helping small business and individual taxpayers who may feel disadvantaged fighting the Australian Taxation Office.