One subject that is often front of mind leading up to the end of the financial year, is making the most out of any opportunities to put money into superannuation. With June 30 only weeks away, it pays to think about these opportunities and the benefits that may exist. There are a number of advantages to contributing money into superannuation, one of the most attractive being the tax concessions.
Although often highlighted during your review meetings, and for many, you have already made contributions through existing strategies, we thought it was timely to reconnect as a reminder for the deadline.
Below we have highlighted some common contribution methods that may be of benefit to you and put some money back in your pocket come tax time.
Life Insurance cover is about protecting those who are left behind. Find out how the right policy can ensure your family isn’t left in debt if the worst should happen.
Why Life Insurance?
A Life Insurance policy can give you confidence your family will be provided for in the event of your death, or if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. The right insurance may be able to take care of your debts so that your family is not shouldered with repayments, allowing them to keep their home and continue living life as you had planned together.
The end-of-financial-year period isn’t really a time most people relish, but it does offer an excellent opportunity to review your finances and possibly free up funds for more important and enjoyable pursuits.
Below we’ll show you, in five easy steps, how to streamline the income tax return process and possibly free up funds for the more important things in this great Australian life.
The productivity commission has released a report into the superannuation industry and made 31 recommendations for reform. So how could they impact you?
Coming in at 700 pages, the December 2018 Productivity Commission’s report does not make for light reading. So we’ve done the hard yards and had a look at what it could mean for you.
The Productivity Commission, Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness inquiry report starts with the premise that: “Australia’s super system needs to adapt to better meet the needs of a modern workforce and a growing pool of retirees. Structural flaws – unintended multiple accounts and entrenched underperformers – are harming millions of members, and regressively so”.i
The report states that fixing these problems could benefit super fund members to the tune of $3.8 billion each year. For example, “a 55-year-old today could gain $79,000 by retirement,” and “a new job entrant today would have $533,000 more when they retire in 2064”.
Now, whether or not any or all recommendations are adopted depends on the government of the day, here’s how they could impact insurance through super.
Exercise can be incredibly beneficial for the body, but it’s also great for the mind. So what are you waiting for? Get moving!
We all know the feeling – that buzzy, warm glow we get after exercise. Whether it’s a gentle jog, playing footy with the kids or lifting a personal best, exercising makes us feel good. But it isn’t just the smug satisfaction of knowing we’ve been active for the day (although this is pretty nice too) – there’s a scientific reason why moving our bodies makes us happy.
It all comes down to processes in the brain. According to the Australian Medical Association, exercising releases neurotransmitters into the brain called endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals have mood-boosting properties that leave you with the so-called ‘runners’ high’. Endorphins help to encourage positive feelings and can provide relief from conditions like anxiety for hours after exercise is over.
With a federal election looming, the 2019/2020 Federal Budget aims to deliver tax cuts to low and middle-income workers and small businesses, superannuation tweaks for older Australians, and energy assistance payments.
Buying a property together is a major relationship milestone. It’s right up there with opening a joint bank account, getting married, and even surviving your first major disagreement. It’s understandable that such a big milestone – and investment – can become highly emotionally charged.