If you are an employee, there are two ways in which you can optimise the tax-effectiveness of your additional super contributions:
- Opt for a salary sacrifice arrangement, whereby your employer makes additional superannuation contributions beyond the compulsory superannuation guarantee (SG) amount from your pre-tax earnings and reduces your salary accordingly; or
- Make a personal contribution and claim a tax deduction when you submit your tax return.
Over the past decade, the nature of work has changed significantly. As the nature of work evolves, how we define retirement is changing along with it.
Back in our parent’s generation, the word retirement brought to mind images of gentile retirement living, rose beds, bowling clubs and bingo nights.
Looking forward to an enjoyable retirement? Check out our top 10 tips to make sure you’re on track.
Tip 1: Take stock
How do you want to live in retirement? How much will it cost? Do the numbers. Now, what does your super balance look like? Do the figures meet your expectations? If not, what action do you need to take now?Read More
Retirement can be an exciting phase in your life. But all the recent changes to superannuation bring with them lifestyle and financial issues you need to be aware of as you plan your retirement.
Retirement means different things to different people. For some, it’s an opportunity to travel, to begin that project they’ve been putting off for years, or to just relax, spend time with the grandkids and dabble in their favourite hobbies. Retirement should be a time to relax and be free.
The government regularly reminds us that each Australian must take responsibility for funding their future.
Regardless of when you will be able to access your super, or when you choose to stop working, you need to be aware of how your superannuation is being managed and if the final balance will be sufficient when you’re ready to retire… and for the years beyond.Read More
As the COVID-19 virus took a sledgehammer to the economy, the federal government rapidly introduced a range of initiatives to help individuals who lost income as a result of the measures taken to control the virus.
One of those initiatives was to allow qualifying individuals access to a portion of their superannuation to help them meet their living costs. Withdrawals are tax free and don’t need to be included in tax returns. Most people can withdraw up to $10,000 in the 2019/2020 financial year and up to a further $10,000 in the 2020/2021 financial year.Read More
Ever since the Government gave Australians the right to access their superannuation early to cope with COVID-19 financial stress, scammers have swarmed in to take advantage.
These scammers are operating using varied methods. Below is a text message that one of our clients received despite not having requested early access to her super.Read More