Until now, salary sacrifice has been one of the only ways that an employee can make an extra tax-advantaged contribution into their super fund. But that changed on 1 July 2017. Now, almost everyone can make additional contributions without their employer even knowing – which might come in handy next time you ask for a pay rise!
Compared to previous years, the 2017 Budget was a bit of an anti-climax. In previous years, there have been a number of big-ticket changes - such as the big changes to superannuation that we have been discussing in recent articles. But this year there have simply been a whole lot of small changes, some of which will be of benefit and others will represent a small loss.
Most people do not own their super benefits. The benefits are owned by the trustee/s of the fund. You can organize things to make sure that these trustees do what you want with your super when you die. You can also organize things so that the people who end up with your benefits pay as little tax as possible. Read on to find out how.
In 2016, ASIC reviewed the performance of the major insurers when it came to paying insurance claims. The report makes for troubling reading, especially for people who organise their own insurances. The news was much better for people who used a financial adviser to help them arrange their insurances.
Many working Australians – or Australians who used to work – have insurance of which they are unaware. This can be a huge relief if ever something goes wrong and you cannot work. If you or someone you know has become unable to work, then this article is a must-read. And if you think you might need help with a claim, please make sure you contact us.
In property investing positive gearing is where the rent received exceeds the interest on money borrowed to finance the purchase. You often hear about positive gearing – especially from people with a property they want you to buy! But is positive cash flow property actually worth pursuing? The answer depends on what is creating the positive cash flow situation. Sometimes, these factors combine to make positive gearing a wonderful way to reduce risk. But at other times, the factors creating the positive gearing can make an investment very risky indeed. This article shows you how to tell the difference.
Super contributions are a legitimate expense of a business. As long as the business uses a company structure, it can even borrow to make contributions on behalf of all of the staff – including the company directors. This can create a nice little tax saving that might not otherwise be possible.
Did you know you can pay the same rate of interest to a bank – but that the actual cost to you of that debt will differ depending on whether the interest is deductible or not? This makes managing debts for tax effectiveness one of the most useful things any business owner or investor can do. This is a simple idea but it is important that you get the detail right. So, please read on and don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to hear how you can take advantage of this simple mathematical truth.