Insurance within superannuation has always been a mixed blessing, good for some who enjoy having cheaper insurance, while others see as an erosion of their super balances. It doesn’t matter which camp you fall into, the recent changes to the way super funds provide insurance may impact you depending on your super balance, age, and…

The government is getting tough on employers’ unpaid compulsory super guarantee (SG) contributions that may be affecting more than 2.8 million workers. Fortunately for businesses, it has recently announced a revised “grace period” to rectify past non-compliance. All businesses should review their super compliance to consider what action they may need to take. Compliance changes…

Have you heard about the salary sacrificing loopholes that can adversely affect your retirement savings plans? Under current laws, employees who sacrifice some of their salary in return for additional super contributions may end up receiving less than they expected because of these two legal loopholes: Employers may choose to count the salary sacrifice contributions…

Thinking about tapping into your super early to help with mounting expenses? It’s not easy as the eligibility rules are strict. You must meet a “condition of release” before you can access you super. The major events are attaining 65 years and “retirement”, which both allow you to access your entire super balance. If you…

There are new rules on the way that will require young adults and members with low super balances to actively “opt in” to holding insurance in super. If you’re in either of these categories, or perhaps have adult children in the workforce, now is a good time to ensure you understand the issues around insurance…

If you’re a high income-earner with multiple employers, you may be aware of potential traps with compulsory super contributions that can lead to some hefty and unfair penalty taxes. Fortunately, proposed new laws will give those high income-earners the opportunity to take proactive steps to overcome any penalties. A person’s concessional contributions (CCs) are capped…

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…

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