Saving for your first home? In a market where owning your home is out of reach for many, the First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme offers some practical hope, allowing you to take advantage of your super’s tax concessions to build up and then access your super savings. The FHSS scheme is clearly for first…

Superannuation is an effective investment structure for asset protection, but a questionable contribution could put some of your benefits at risk in the event of bankruptcy. Know the basic bankruptcy rules in advance to help you plan for long-term asset protection. The general rule is that your superannuation balance is protected in the event of…

Before setting up an SMSF, it’s essential to be fully informed about the pros and cons of an SMSF structure. In this second instalment of our two-part series on the key differences between SMSFs and public offer funds, we look at some important issues relating to insurance and dispute resolution. It’s possible to hold various…

Hiring independent contractors can be a flexible staffing solution for many businesses, but did you know that some workers who are genuinely independent contractors are still entitled to compulsory superannuation contributions? Find out what test the ATO applies and check whether your business has its super obligations covered. If a worker is not an employee…

Knowing whether you’ll be entitled to the Age Pension is an important part of your retirement planning. Once you reach Age Pension age (66 years from 1 July 2019), you’ll also need to pass two tests: the assets test and income test. Here we outline the basic thresholds that apply under each test and what…

Transferring a commercial property into an SMSF can be a great way to build retirement savings and take advantage of the tax benefits available to SMSFs. The rental income and capital gains are concessionally taxed, or even tax exempt to the extent the property supports retirement phase pensions. So, if you run a business and…

You’ve worked hard for your super, so make sure you access your benefits in the most tax-effective way possible. Members aged under 60 years will pay tax on their withdrawals, but if you’re over 60 you generally will not pay any tax. But there are always exceptions. The “tax free” component of your benefits is not taxed…

When you pass away, your superannuation benefits do not automatically form part of your estate. Instead, they’re paid out by your superannuation fund’s trustee who has the discretion to decide who will receive your benefits and in what form. So, what can you do to ensure your super is paid out in accordance with your…

Got an old super fund account you haven’t touched for years? New rules mean “inactive” accounts (ie no contributions or rollovers for 16 months) will lose their insurance coverage from 1 July 2019 – unless you want to keep your insurance and take action now. Low-balance accounts may even be transferred to the ATO for…

Did you know that if you’re aged between 60 and 64, you can access your super if you change jobs – without retiring permanently? The rules about when you can access your super on “retirement” grounds vary depending on your age. Find out exactly what’s required for your age group. Under preservation age: Before you reach…

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