Planning on making super contributions this financial year?

As we move into the start of the fourth quarter of the financial year, it is timely that we turn our mind to tax planning and the things we need to be considering as 30 June looms ahead. Firstly, you need to be very mindful of the correct timing of superannuation ...

Age Pension and the Superannuation Sweet Spot?

What am I talking about? I will try and provide a very simple explanation.  The “Superannuation Sweet Spot” is recent terminology referring to the amount of money a person or couple needs to have saved in superannuation to ensure they achieve a reasonable level of income while maximizing their age pension. There ...

Scared of losing your marbles… or just your super?

We have previously written on a number of occasions about the risks of internet-driven identity theft and perhaps, more importantly, the theft of our hard-earned savings. But did you know that thousands of Australians have indirectly ‘given’ billions of dollars of their super to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)? This is not ...

Dividend imputation – what does Labor’s announcement mean?

In the past week, there has been an enormous kerfuffle about Mr Shorten’s plans to abolish the refunding of excess franking credits. On the surface, this might look like a topic that is best ignored, however, there has been so much media commentary both in favour of and against the proposal, ...

Helping the kids into the housing market

Hardly a week goes by without mainstream media reminding us of Australia’s predominantly East Coast housing affordability crisis and just how difficult it is for young people to break into the housing market and buy their first home. The government has introduced initiatives such as the First Home Super Savers scheme, ...

My Comfortable Retirement

What does this mean? Every three months, an organisation known as the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)  produces research providing details of how much a person needs in retirement to fund a comfortable lifestyle. The research is very comprehensive - documenting a detailed “comfortable budget” outlining how much a ...

 

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