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We all get bombarded with information from every source possible and frankly, it's too much. Even if you haven't already flicked it into spam you probably don't have time to read it. We call it Information Overload. So, on this page we've selected big picture news items we think are relevant and of interest to our clients.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

As superannuation falls outside your estate, there are few items to consider in your estate plans.

Where there is a Power of Attorney, ensure it allows a trusted person to attend to changes to the superannuation balance if the member becomes ill before implementing advice.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Moving all your super from multiple accounts into one account (known as “consolidating your super”) might help you to save on fees and make managing your super easier.

There is around $18 billion in lost super that is waiting to be claimed from more than 6 million lost or unclaimed accounts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

If you are purchasing a property you are required to obtain a Clearance Certificate from the vendor if the contract price is greater than $750,000.  

If you don’t get this Clearance Certificate you are required to withhold 12.5% from the purchase price and remit to the ATO.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Even if a sole trader’s income is below the tax-free threshold, the ATO requires business clients to lodge a tax return each year.  Recently the ATO issued a media release reminding tax agents and business clients of this obligation.  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

For 2016 and 2017 tax returns the ATO has just announced that “bucket companies” may very well be a small business and that there is lack of clarity around the recent budget changes to small business company tax rates.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

There has been a LOT of debate over the years about whether active fund managers add value, or whether you are better off investing into a low-cost alternative such as an Index Fund or Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

The reality is not as simple or clear cut as the marketing teams from each side make it out to be. You should be very careful about what you invest into and therefore make informed decisions. Caveat Emptor is a phrase that is more important now than it usually is. In this article, we’ll look to explore why this is the case.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Did you ever wonder what happens to social media accounts after someone dies? It is estimated that 8,000 Facebook account holders die each day and that the number of accounts belonging to dead people could be as high as 30 million.

Have you thought about your digital legacy when drawing up your will? Most people only deal with their material assets. What instructions should you leave behind for your executor or family in regards to your social media accounts?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Whilst the ATO publishes that the tax-free threshold is $18,200, income earners can actually earn more than this before they have to start paying tax.

The Low Income Tax Offset (LITO) is a $445 tax offset available to Australian residents who earn less than $37,000. This means that eligible taxpayers can earn up to $20,542 before they have to pay any tax.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The long-awaited housing affordability package commenced on 1 July 2017.

1. NSW has now scrapped stamp duty for first home buyers on existing and new homes up to $650,000.

2. There will also be stamp duty discounts for homes up to $800,000.

3. There also is a $10,000 grant for new homes up to $600,000.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Government has announced that it will allow future voluntary contributions to superannuation made by first home buyers from 1 July 2017 to be withdrawn for a first home deposit, along with associated deemed earnings. Concessional contributions and earnings that are withdrawn will be taxed at marginal rates less a 30 per cent offset. Combined with the existing concessional tax treatment of contributions and earnings, this will provide an incentive that will enable first home buyers to build savings more quickly for a home deposit.