From age 65 you gain full access to your super. But what if you want to retire and tap into your super earlier? Is this even possible, and what do you need to know?
If you’re approaching retirement, you should understand how the transfer balance cap applies to your situation and whether the upcoming increase has an impact on you.
Self-managed super is a common vehicle for super savings. What does it offer and why are so many Australians choosing self-managed super for themselves?
Whilst the Government’s policy response to the review remains to be seen, the core themes are obvious – don’t increase the super guarantee, don’t fiddle too much with the Age Pension, and don’t give the wealthy such generous tax breaks through super.
Did you know that if you have a discretionary trust that holds residential land in NSW, you may unwittingly become liable for a 2% land tax surcharge each year? Be informed, and take steps to review the situation applying to your trust.
With the US election outcome apparent and the announcement by Pfizer of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, perhaps there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The role of executor may be an honour, but it can also be an enormous task, depending on the size and complexity of the estate. You can make your executor’s job easier by gathering key information and making it available to them.
Too many people are paying unnecessary fees and insurance premiums on unintended multiple super accounts. The ‘Your Future, Your Super’ reforms announced in the 2020 Budget will prevent this happening in the future.
Jobs, jobs and more jobs. Staggering spending levels unveiled in the 2020 Budget flag an intention to fix the economy first, and deal with deficit later.
From 1 July 2012, an additional 15% tax on taxable super contributions was introduced. Known as ‘Division 293 tax’, its purpose is to make taxation on super fairer by reducing tax concessions available to very high-income earners. Learn who pays it, how it’s calculated and the options available to pay it.
If you’re approaching your mid 60’s, you might be wondering if and how you can add to your super and grow your savings for retirement. There are ways of doing so, but you need to be clear on the rules.
When it comes to protecting ourselves from scammers, a little bit of knowledge, and a good deal of vigilance, goes a long way. Be alert to the dangers, and learn how you can protect yourself.
If you find yourself with a bit of extra money, putting it into super could be a great option. You’ll benefit from super’s tax-friendly environment and may have an opportunity to claim a tax deduction at the same time.
Your super balance could be a significant asset when you die and it should therefore be considered very carefully in your estate planning. This is particularly important given that your super will not automatically be covered under your will.
The ‘bring-forward’ rule allows super members to make up to three years’ worth of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions in a single year by bringing forward the caps of the next two years. The rules can be complicated, and it’s important to understand how they work before using them.