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…

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…

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