A little bit now, makes a big difference later

Do you want to make sure you can live your lifestyle today when you get to retirement? Well, now you can! For the first time in five years, for people under 50, the limits that regulate the amount you can contribute to super (on a concessionally taxed basis) has increased. That is, if you are ...

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Enduring power of attorney – who can you trust?

An enduring power of attorney is an extremely powerful legal document, so it’s not only important to have one but even more important to appoint the right people for the job.

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Changes to Keeping a Good Credit Rating

On 12 March 2014, the Australian laws for credit reporting (also known as your credit rating) have changed. This change means you will now be assessed on whether you pay your bills on time (rather than if you have occasionally paid them late). Now, more than ever, it is important to effectively ...

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A Super 2014/2015 Financial Year

You may have heard that the amount you can contribute to superannuation will change for 2014/15.  In the new financial year, you will be able to make more before-tax and after-tax contributions to super. This could mean that you can accumulate faster towards your retirement savings goals. ...

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Feeling a Little Redundant?

We often say to clients that change is the only guarantee in life.  Many people over the last few years have experienced redundancy from their employment.  While sometimes this can result in a positive outcome with a new beginning the process and emotional impact can often be unsettling.  ...

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ATO Launches new Smart Phone ‘app’ to assist tax payers

The ATO has unveiled an app that can assist tax payers including Self Managed Super Fund Trustees with their reporting obligations. The smart phone app aims to make it easier for individuals to conduct their taxation and superannuation affairs. SMSF Trustees will have access to a range of tools ...

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Superannuation End of Financial Year Planning 2014

The end of the financial year always seems to crop up faster than it should. Understanding what you could do before and after 30 June 2014 can provide the icing on the cake for employees, investors and those in small business. Such things as bringing forward tax deductions or delaying the ...

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Federal Budget Update 2014

Last night the Federal Treasurer, Mr Joe Hockey, handed down his first budget which he said was “delivering balanced and credible budget repair“. This years budget contained few tax and superannuation measures but included a range of austerity measures, especially in relation to ...

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April 2014 Market Update

There is always something for investors to be concerned about and right now the crisis involving Ukraine is that something.  Following the latest “revolution”, tensions in the Ukraine threaten a war on the European Union’s doorstep, which could disrupt Eurozone gas supplies and possibly drag in ...

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ATO Announced changes to Super Contribution Limits

The Australian Taxation office has released information around the contribution thresholds for superannuation members for the 2014-2015 income year. The Key Changes are as follows and will have implication for clients who are salary packaging to superannuation and wish to maximise their ...

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