As technology improves, there’s a continual move towards real-time data for enhanced and timely administration of the tax system, particularly in the superannuation sector. The ATO is leveraging this real-time data and event-based reporting to make inroads in ensuring employees receive their full super guarantee (SG) entitlements. In the 2017-18 year, the ATO received 31,000…

It’s been a little over a year since the dual changes of the pension transfer balance cap and the reduction of tax concessions for transition to retirement pensions were implemented by the government. Recent research has indicated that these changes has achieved their policy outcome by making almost 25% of previously tax-free SMSF assets lose…

Superannuation and separation: Who keeps the money? A divorce from your husband or wife, or a separation from your de facto, could mean a division of your assets and debts, whether they’re held separately or together, and superannuation is no exception. Another thing to note is even if one of you hasn’t contributed to super…

Who is the boss of your super? It’s tempting not to think too much about your super when retirement is still a long way off. After all, it’s growing just fine by itself … right? But the reality is, if you don’t take control now, you might be left with less than what you need…

Could your home deposit be helped by your super? It’s no secret that saving for a house is tough. Raising the money for a deposit can seem to take forever, even if you’re consistent with your savings plan. Want some good news? There’s a new way to save, and it’s called the Government’s new First…

How to help ensure your superannuation contributions don’t exceed the caps Changes in the superannuation contribution caps, which kicked-in last year, give an added reason to keep a close eye on your contributions. From 1 July 2017, the concessional (before tax) contributions cap was reset to $25,000 for everyone (irrespective of age). For those earning…

New legislation aims to benefit first home buyers and downsizers   Changes aimed at improving housing affordability have passed through parliament. See what the new rules could mean for you. Government proposals around improving housing affordability in Australia were passed through parliament on 7 December 20171. As part of the changes, first home buyers will…

In 2017, the Government flagged plenty of changes to the tax and superannuation system, but how many of them have actually been made into law? Parliament ended its final sitting week in December 2017 with many outstanding matters for the Government to deal with in 2018. Here is a brief summary of these proposals and…

Boost your retirement income with salary sacrifice By contributing into your super, you can reduce the amount of tax you pay while adding to your future retirement income. What is salary sacrifice? Put simply, salary sacrifice is where you pay a portion of your pre-tax salary or wages as an additional contribution to your superannuation…

Millions but not all to benefit from 2017 super changes With changes to super now in effect, numerous Australians will get a leg up, many being low-income earners. According to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), more than four million Australians will benefit from the super changes that came into effect on 1…

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