Simon Creek gives us a COVID-19 update: April 15

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:42 pm
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In the wake of an Easter that was much stranger than usual, we caught up with our friendly neighbourhood lawyer and social commentator Simon Creek from HHG Legal to catch us up on the latest developments.

A tax break for home workers

While people working from home could always claim certain things on tax, there’s now a new option. Instead of an individual expenses claim, people can now claim up to 80c per hour spent working from home. Simon recommends speaking to your accountant, or a trusted advisor, but it’s definitely something to be aware of!

Some relief for tenants also

Mark McGowan announced a new tenant relief scheme this week. What it boils down to, is that landlords, or owners of investment properties, are being asked to mediate with their tenants that may be unable to pay the rent. Simon points out that the ideal scenario now is that in that situation, banks will similarly step in and freeze mortgage payments on these properties.

Good news regarding domestic violence

One of the main concerns about people being isolated at home was that domestic violence rates could go up. However, in encouraging news, Simon has been very pleasantly surprised about the increasing number of people calling the various helplines dedicated to domestic abuse. The HHG line, in particular, had fielded a number of calls from people who wanted to seek help before the home situation got worse.

To head all of Simon’s update, check out the podcast:

If you or someone you know if struggling, the HHG helpline can help. Simply email [email protected]

 

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