The end of financial year is upon us again (yep sneaks up doesn’t it!). Are you ready? Have you considered what you can do to maximise your opportunities at this time of the year? There are many ways to take advantage of tax planning initiatives to manage taxable income.
In general, taxpayers are able to deduct from their assessible income any expenses they incur generating or producing that income. An investment is negatively geared when the cost of owning the asset is more than the return. Negative gearing is not limited to property but can apply to other assets such as shares.
Why is it that many women choose not to seek more professional financial advice?
In general, women have a longer life expectancy than men, living on average 6 years longer, so there is a high chance of women outliving a partner. This means that for many women, their superannuation will have to stretch further.
For individuals there are personal tax bracket changes coming from 1 July 2018 - The top threshold of the 32.5% personal income tax bracket will increase from $87,000 to $90,000*.
Employers that have fallen behind with their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations will have 12 months to “self-correct” under a new amnesty announced late last month.
Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the direct reporting of salary and wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation contribution information to the ATO – comes into effect from 1 July 2018.
From 1 July 2018, new laws come into effect allowing first home buyers to use their super to help buy a home, and at the other end of the spectrum, downsizers to contribute proceeds from the sale of their home to super without many of the normal restrictions.
On 1 July 2018 Super concessions for downsizers come into effect. If you are over 65, have held your home for 10 years or more and are looking to sell, you can contribute a lump sum of up to $300,000 per person to superannuation without being restricted by the existing non-concessional contribution caps - $100,000 subject to your total superannuation balance - or age restrictions.
An analysis by Industry Super Australia submitted to the Economics References Committee into Wage Theft and Superannuation Guarantee Non-compliance, indicates that employers failed to pay an aggregate amount of $5.6 billion in SG contributions in 2013-14
The ATO receives around 20,000 reports each year from people who believe their employer has either not paid or underpaid compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG). In 2015-16 the ATO investigated 21,000 cases raising $670 million in SG and penalties.
The issue of Director’s fees often comes up – should we pay directors, how to pay, and if we do pay fees how should they be paid? We answer the common questions for private companies.
Does superannuation offer an avenue to help downsizers and first home savers? The Government seems to think so. Late last month the detail of the housing initiatives announced in the Federal Budget were released for consultation. We explore what’s on offer and the implications.
The 2017 Federal Budget was handed down in Canberra on Tuesday night (9 May) and as always, opinions are mixed about what it means for Australia.
The wide ranging superannuation reforms originally announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget have passed Parliament.
As the majority of the reforms start from 1 July 2017, it’s important to consider how these might impact on you and whether you need to take any action before then.
In the Federal budget handed down in May 2016, the government heralded significant changes to superannuation that will come into effect from 1 July 2017.
Although the government is still to finalise the exact details, it is a good idea to plan ahead, and to be aware of the major changes that will apply from next year.
Let’s face it, thinking and talking about death and what happens there after can be a pretty morbid affair…but what if you don’t?
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has given small businesses some breathing space by extending the deadline for compliance with the new SuperSteam to October 28 this year.
SuperStream is a new initiative introduced by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) designed to standardise processing of superannuation data and payments electronically, allowing the process of employers paying superannuation entitlements to employees more streamlined.
Given recent ups and downs in the share market, Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF's) have become a hot topic once again. SMSFs allow you to control your Super input and investments more than an Industry Super Fund would. However, it's important to know a little bit more about them before you decide to take the leap.