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The in’s and out’s of asset allocation

Posted on February 23, 2018 by admin


Deciding where to allocate your assets can be confusing and even daunting, particularly if you aren’t confident in your knowledge of the current financial sphere. Consider the following in’s and out’s of asset allocation to make the process much easier: Set goals Goal-setting is extremely important, particularly when it comes to your money. When deciding out where to allocate assets, you should set both short-term and long-term goals. If you are planning to save for a vacation or a new car, this would be a short-term goal, a mortgage would be a medium-term goal and your nest egg would be a long-term financial goal. The goals you set should be SMART; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. You should also revisit your SMART goals and assess how well you are doing, thus allowing you to make appropriate adjustments if need be. Risks The more open an individual is to risk, the greater the opportunities for where they allocate their assets. If an individual is open to investing in higher-risk assets, they can consider options such as investing in shares. If they are more attracted to low-risk assets, options such as a term deposit are more suitable. Speak to a professional […]


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The ATO targeting record keeping of small businesses

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The Australian Tax Office is honing in on small businesses failing to comply with guidelines regarding appropriate record keeping. Findings from the ATO’s Protecting Honest Business campaign indicated that one of the leading factors for small business failure is their poor record keeping practices. Small business owners are required to disclose particular information, and keep records of the following: Income tax records Income and sales records Expense or purchase records Year-end records Bank records Goods and services tax records Employees and contractors records Fuel tax records By law, all Australian businesses must keep these records for a period of five years. These records must be in writing, either on paper or electronically. Dedicating time each week, fortnight or month to compile all the above-listed information will prevent you incurring fines and possibly losing your business.


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Understanding various kinds of super fees

Posted on February 16, 2018 by admin


No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital. When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money. You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement. If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to […]


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Minimising the risk of fraud

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The Australian Taxation Office is urging all businesses and individuals to take care in relation to avoiding the risk of fraud. With a focus on criminals lodging fraudulent returns in order to obtain unwarranted refunds through accessing banking information that is not their own, the ATO recommends businesses and individuals practice the following: Discussions with staff and clients Keep your employees and your clients about safe behaviours to protect them from being vulnerable to criminals, such as not clicking on downloads, hyperlinks or opening attachments in unsolicited emails. Protection on devices Ensuring the devices you use for confidential information such as transferring funds and purchasing goods and services are all up to date with protective software, such as malware detectors and firewalls. Also, ensure autofill forms are not saved or used. Proof of identity Before taking on new clients, ensure they provide numerous pieces of proof of identity. You should also question discrepancies before lodging their tax returns. Internal security Ensure all employees have access to only what they need in order to perform their role within the company. When employees cease employment, cancel their AUSkeys.


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Understanding the First Home Super Saver Scheme

Posted on February 6, 2018 by admin


With much controversial discussion surrounding the First Home Super Saver Scheme, understanding exactly what the Scheme entails is necessary. The scheme was announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget as a means to reduce the pressure surrounding housing affordability across Australia. The formalities of the scheme are as follows: As of 1 July 2017, individuals can make voluntary contributions, both concessional and non-concessional, into their super fund. As of 1 July 2018, individuals can release these contributions, as well as their associated earnings, and use this money to help purchase their first home. Individuals eligible for this scheme are able to use up to $15,000 per financial year, with a total maximum of $30,000 for all years you have earned super. To be eligible for the First Home Super Saver Scheme, individuals must meet the following criteria: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must not have previously owned property in Australia, or have previously released First Home Super Saver funds. Must have the intend to live in the property you use the funds to purchase as soon as practicable, for at least the first 6 of the 12 months of owning the property.


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ATO cracking down on developers avoiding GST

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This year, the Australian Taxation Office has placed a greater focus on property developers and are particularly watching company directors with a history of GST obligations avoidance. As of May 2017, the Government announced new requirements on those purchasing newly constructed residential properties or new subdivisions to remit the GST directly to the ATO as part of the settlement process. The ATO has placed a strong emphasis on making sure this occurs legitimately, ensuring property developers do not get away with failing to meet their GST obligations. These proposed requirements were addressed in consultation in November 2017 and are to be implemented as of 1 July 2018. The impending changes will mean that developers no longer have a three-month period to remit GST; hence they no longer have time to be dishonest and avoid GST evasion through phoenixing. For contracts already entered into, there will be a two-year transitional period, allowing developers involved in these contracts a grace period to adjust to the extensive reforms. Contracts entered into prior to 1 July 2018 will not be affected by these reforms, provided they are settled prior to 1 July 2020.


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Maximising your SMSF returns

Posted on February 2, 2018 by admin


Many Australians opt for a self-managed super fund but fail to understand how to truly make it perform optimally. If you have an SMSF and are serious about maximising your returns, consider the following: Risk Without taking risks, you won’t be able to experience great profit. However, there you still need to be cautious of where you invest your money. After taxes, at the moment, property and real estate are not the best of investments, but this hasn’t always been the case. Many individuals with a SMSF are interested in cryptocurrencies. At the end of 2017, they were performing extremely well, however at the beginning of 2018; there was a significant drop in the worth of this currency. Do your research Knowing what kind of risk-taking will work for you will come down to you doing your research and investigating what options are best. Subscribing to mailing lists where investment trends are discussed, as well as keeping up to date with technical and compliance news relating to SMSF are great strategies for maximising SMSF returns. Speak to a professional If in doubt, it’s always best to speak to a professional. They can assist you in making the right decision regarding […]


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ATO reforms on deductible gift recipients

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The Government has announced a reform of the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to strengthen governance arrangements, reduce administrative complexity and ensure trust and confidence in the sector. The reforms are as follows: From 1 July 2019, non-government DGR’s must be registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Non-for-profits Commission. Non-government DGR’s that are not already registered will automatically be registered as of 1 July 2019 and will have a 12 month transitional period to assist with compliance. The four DGR registers currently administered by other government departments will be integrated into the ACNC’s charity register, and duplicative reporting requirements will be abolished. DGR endorsement assessments for the registers will be undertaken by the ATO. Eligibility for the register of cultural organisations will be extended to include organisations that promote Indigenous languages. External Conduct Standards will be enforced by ACNC to strengthen the oversight of overseas activities. There will be additional funding to support additional reviews of charity and DGR eligibility based on risk.


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Authority for super complaints introduced

December 14, 2018

The new Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) will make it easier for individuals and small businesses to make complaints about their superannuation financial firms.

The Coalition government has responded to criticisms of previous dispute resolution bodies by creating a new financial disputes framework. AFCA has been described as a “one-stop shop” that will improve outcomes for consumers and increase the efficiency of the dispute resolution process.

AFCA’s jurisdiction
AFCA has been given authority over a range of complaint areas including:

What you can make complaints about
Your super complaint to AFCA must adhere to its governing rules. AFCA has specific time limits for complaints but no monetary limits.

You can make complaints about: