One in four drinking less

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Humaniti’s personal finance app users recently completed a survey regarding their consumption of alcohol during the lockdown. The survey results were published in The Courier Mail. The article is re-published below.

Courier Mail article image featuring Humaniti survey results concerning alcohol consumption during lockdown.

Strong Calls to Extend Jobkeeper

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Humaniti’s app users recently completed a survey about jobkeeper allowance. The results of the survey were published in the Herald Sun on the 18th of May. The article and survey results are reproduced below.

Reproduction of the Herald Sun article referring to the Humaniti jobkeeper survey results

 

In addition to providing users with personal finance insights, Humaniti rewards it’s users with real cash when they complete surveys. Users can earn extra cash every week by completing surveys that are relevant to them.

What Aussies really think of China

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Humaniti app users recently completed a survey to determine insights about how Australians perceive the relationship with China. Survey results were published in The Advertiser on May 12th 2020. The article and survey results are reproduced below.

 

Image reproducing The Advertiser article on Australian perceptions of ChinaContinuation of Humaniti survey results on China as published in The Advertiser

 

A battle for sports and live events

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Humaniti app users recently completed a survey regarding sport and live events. Results of the survey were publised by Mercury during. The article and survey results are re-published below.

Humaniti survey results about sport live events as published in Mercury

Coronavirus proves that Australia is more than just the lucky country

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Humaniti personal finance app users recently completed a survey that provided insights on perceptions of how the government was handling the Corona virus crisis. Survey results were featured in The Courier Mail. The article is re-published below.

Courier Mail article featuring Humaniti survey results

Australians split on downloading CovidSafe App

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Humanitirians recently completed a survey regarding the app. Results of the survey were recently published in The Daily Telegraph. The article and survey results are re-published below.

Working Mums are battling in hibernation

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The Daily Telegraph recently featured results of a Humaniti survey regarding how working mums are battling the impact of corona virus. The article is reproduced below.

Huge boom in Aussies wearing face masks

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The Daily Telegraph recently published an article featuring Humaniti survey results from a survey regarding the wearing of face masks. The article is re-published below.

Daily Telegraph article with Humaniti survey results regarding mask wearing to prevent the spread of Corona virus.

Working from home expenses you can claim

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Australians working from home should keep track of their expenses.

Many Australians are being forced to work from home which resulting in spending money they normally would not have. These are the costs you can claim.

What you can claim on tax when working from home:

• Heating, cooling and lighting bills.

• Costs of cleaning your home working area.

• Depreciation of home office furniture and fittings.

• Depreciation of office equipment and computers.

• Costs of repairing home office equipment, furniture and furnishings.

• Items such furniture and computer equipment costing less than $300 can be written off in full immediately (they don’t need to be depreciated).

• Computer consumables (like printer ink) and stationery.

• Phone (mobile and/or landline) and internet expenses.

Source: H&R Block

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“To optimise your tax return, start preparing now by recording working hours and filing receipts and bills,” he said.

“Employees should know that if they incur extra expenses through working from home, which aren’t reimbursed by their employer, they should be able to claim a tax deduction for those costs.”

The survey found 42 per cent of respondents said they were aware of what they could claim on tax when working from home, 41 per cent were unsure and 17 per cent did not realise this was an option.

Mr Chapman said there’s two ways to claim.

“The easiest option is to claim the ATO’s (Australian Taxation Office) flat rate allowance for home working of 52 cents per hour,” he said.

“All you need to do to claim this is to keep a diary of your home working – note the time you start work each, day, the time you finish work each day and any breaks.

“In addition, you can also make separate claims for the work-related proportion of items like your home internet, mobile phone costs and other expenses that directly relate your work, like stationery, printer ink and even additional toilet rolls.”

Alternatively the other way is to keep a record of all the expenses you have.

Tahnee Almelor has transferred her home kitchen to create a new workspace. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Tahnee Almelor has transferred her home kitchen to create a new workspace. Picture: Jonathan Ng

 

Tahnee Almelor, 29, is a manager of client partnerships for a media and advertising company and has transformed her home kitchen into her workspace. She said with the changes happening so suddenly she had not thought about tax deductions relating to working from home.

“I’ll probably raise that with my accountant but I am not aware as to whether I need to be prepping for tax time,” Ms Almelor said.

Humaniti CEO Ben Dixon said for those working from home they should keep a record of their expenses.

”With our Humaniti personal finance app, you can easily set up a category such as ‘Home office expenses’ so each time you go to Officeworks, or IGA to buy a stapler, not to buy groceries, or you pay your internet bill, you can load that all into this category then download it and hand to your accountant,” he said.

Originally published as Working from home expenses you can claim

New Years Resolutions – How are you tracking?

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Every year, the 1st of January signals a mass of activity around New Year’s Resolutions, as people reflect on the previous 12 months, and make plans for what they will do differently in the year ahead. We all expect that most will fail after just a few weeks.

At Humaniti, we wanted to understand what people promised themselves this year, and how many people think they’ll stay on track! We asked over 2,000 of our Humanitirians how they approached this time of year, and what progress they had made on any resolutions.

53% said they had made New Year’s resolutions, with 17% really committed to the process, but what were the most common? There were two areas that people really focused on. The first one was getting their finances in shape, whether that be saving more (62%) or paying down debts (47). While the second was quite literally getting in shape in the more traditional sense, with an emphasis on eating more healthily (58%) and getting fitter (57%). Admirable goals to say the least!

How were people doing 4 few weeks in? An impressive 98% still had their New Year resolutions on track, with 44% feeling they were going well, and 54% with a few that had slipped off, but generally still doing ok. So, what are the top tips for keeping on track?

1. Have a plan, write it down: It sounds obvious, but the secret is in the detail. You know when you are most likely to be tempted away from your goals. What is your strategy in those moments? How can you manage your money on pay day, what do you do when you are you eating out? Make sure you write your strategy down somewhere you’ll see it often, then focus on making smart micro-decisions along the way to help you achieve the overall goal.

2. Talk about it: Sharing your goals with others can make you be more accountable to yourself, and can empower your support network to help you when things get difficult. Tell your partner, or a friend, the twitterverse, or even your dog!

3. Track your progress, and celebrate the wins: You may well have an end goal, but how do you know if you are getting there? What are the milestones along the way and how can give yourself a little reward when you achieve them?

So the February scorecard looks pretty good. For all of you who made New Year’s Resolutions, we wish you the best of luck and we will check in later in the year. Stay tuned.