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Another financial year is about to finish

As a business owner, there are many obligations that you need to consider and action over the next few weeks. Some of these will help to minimise your tax. We have outlined these action points below to assist you. Key Changes from 1 July 2020 Please urgently check these key things: Has your payroll software automatically updated for these changes?…

Some Key Items that mean $ in your pocket

You can reduce your tax by hundreds of dollars (if not thousands), with some of the following strategies. Here’s how to do it: The Strategy behind Tax Planning The tax you pay depends on your taxable income, and the tax rates that apply to that income. Therefore, your tax is reduced if you: 1. Reduce your income, or 2. Increase…

Prepare for Life: June 2020

Welcome to a new decade! In Financial Planning, we tend to focus on short, medium and long-term client goals and objectives. Short term goals tend to be 12-24 months, medium-term – a decade, and long-term goals to retirement, a lifetime, or inter-generational. From a medium-term perspective, it is often good to look backwards to understand just how quickly deferring savings decisions can pass, and why time in the market rather than market timing is so important. If you would like to sit down to review your last 10 years, and update your current plan for the next short or long-term goals for you or any other family members, we hope this newsletter gives you some reason to make this decade a financial success. Unfortunately, the year has started with both tragedy and personal triumph with bushfires, wild storms sweeping our great country, as well as a deadly virus breakout at this stage in parts of Asia. Australians have reached deep into their pockets to assist those impacted, particularly those who have been left homeless, lost businesses, loved ones, or live in a community that may be in a form of recession for up to a decade in some instances. Insurance companies have been fielding record levels of claims for fire and storm damage, and as advisers, we hope the homes, fire and storm randomly selected were those homes fully insured, and a greater percentage than we have seen in many other tragedies or previous catastrophes. Insurance, whether it be life insurance, income protection insurance, business insurance, or just a typical home and contents policy vary dramatically between each other. Insurance purchased directly and not from a professional is often found to be inadequate, only after an event like we have just seen. Many of our clients have either suffered directly or indirectly, and our thoughts are with those impacted, and fortunately, the better insurers have been fast to act and provide positive outcomes for those under financial stress. In this newsletter, we have discussed numerous subjects, but in relation to those directly impacted by fires who might not have had insurance, there is scope to get early access to some of your superannuation in certain circumstances. We have discussed this in brief, and offer any friends or families you know that have been impacted with an advice line. Reviewing your Super – Results for the calendar year 2019 in superannuation have been very good for those who had weightings in property, as well as International and Australian equity investments. (See more…) The Pyramid of Financial Success – When we talk to clients about financial planning, it is all about you and not generic. (See more…) Natural disasters and access to superannuation – This article was written by Olivia Long, and appeared on Morningstar. (See more…) Insurance – are you self-insuring? – Insurance is not compulsory, and each of us has a choice to transfer the risk to an insurer or self-insure. (See more…) Dealing with debt – Australia’s household debt is among the highest in the world and rising, thanks largely to worsening housing affordability and plentiful consumer credit. (See more…) Learning to invest in yourself – Australia has had an extraordinary run of good economic times, but the party is beginning to wind down, with unemployment trending upwards, and wages flat-lining. (See more…) The Reward of Donations – The bushfire disasters across Australia over the past months have demonstrated the enormous generosity of Australians – from sporting stars, Hollywood heavyweights and business leaders through to ordinary people from across the country, all just wanting to help and make a difference. (See more…) In fact, if you have any questions or queries about how you or your business might be affected by anything you see in this client update, please reach out to our office for further information. We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and look forward to bringing you more updates as the year progresses, and wish you well for another big year ahead. We have attached a short schedule so you can assess your own insurances, to see if you are happy remaining uninsured in some areas, and if not, wish us to assist in plugging the gaps of your own family’s risk.

Enduring Powers of Attorney – Why do you need one?

Everyone is talking about SMSF’s these days. Even with the changes made by the Government (such as the $1.6M cap), SMSF’s can be the way to go. In simple terms, SMSF is a Super Fund that you fully control. You make all the investment choices – including shares, managed funds, property, and cash. SMSF’s can borrow from a bank to purchase investments, but this opportunity might be limited. Strategy Choosing the right STRATEGY for your SMSF is the key.
One great strategy can be to purchase your business premises in your SMSF, or purchase an existing commercial property, that will be owned by your SMSF. Either strategy means that you can get your Super money working for you now and save significant dollars. If you already own a commercial property outside of Super, it may be worthwhile looking at transferring the property to your Superannuation Fund. It may help to free up cash, and possibly even reduce your personal non tax deductible debt on your mortgage. One of our Clients owned a commercial property outside of their Superannuation Fund. The property was worth $275,000, with a small loan of approximately $50,000 left on the premise. They netted $205,000 (after Capital Gains Tax); that left them with only $50,000 on their personal mortgage. A great outcome for the client. Furthermore, they now have net tax savings of $2,175 every year, because the income from the property is taxed at 15%, not 34.5% and 39%. It is important to review any stamp duty implications with the transfer of property, and best to seek advice as to whether you will have to pay stamp duty on the transaction. Super Share Strategy Another great strategy can be to lend your SMSF money to buy shares. The rate that your Fund has to pay you is determined by the ATO (and is a pretty good rate). By lending the money to your Super Fund, you will get a great return on your money, and potentially help with your contributions tax inside Super. It can also provide a little bit of leverage in your Super; making it work harder for you. The benefits of this strategy can add up to tens of thousands of dollars for those with a decent balance ($300,000), and contributions ($20,000 p.a.). Estate Planning Another key reason for using a SMSF, is that it gives you exact Estate Planning options. For example, you can nominate a specific dependent (spouse or child under 18), to receive your Super benefit if you die. Unlike a Will, this cannot be contested. Would you like NO TAX on your Investments? Once you turn the age of 60, you can start to pay yourself a pension from your SMSF. There is NO tax on income from the SMSF, and NO tax on any capital gains; subject to the transfer balance cap (currently $1.6M). This means you can gradually sell down assets (including property), held in your SMSF, and pay NO TAX regardless of any capital gain you make. This can have an absolutely fantastic outcome – and it is possibly far better than owning an investment property in your individual name or Family Trust.