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Joe Salomone, CPA – Director

B.Bus, Grad.Dip. (FP)

 

Joe Salomone is the founding member of Salomone Accountants. After gaining a Business degree majoring in Accounting from the Queensland University of Technology, Joe went on to pursue a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning at the Securities Institute of Australia. Since then he has become a qualified CPA, and has over 20 years experience working in business services and taxation.

 

Joe specialises in assisting Small Business clients in the areas of taxation, financial accounts, tax planning and restructuring. He also has vast experience in assisting clients who have investment and rental properties and share investments.

 

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Salomone Accountants is a flexible workplace employer. This flexibility allows staff the opportunity to fulfill a work/life balance which creates a happy work environment.

 

Investment has been made in the professional development of all staff at Salomone Accountants and the experienced staff are able to offer clients a friendly and professional approach. All staff endeavour to provide professional and accurate advice to clients in a timely manner.

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How to catch out an illegal super scheme

April 18, 2018

When a super scheme seems too good to be true, it often is. Many illegal super schemes are operating in Australia, so it is crucial to understand the characteristics of such schemes.

A popular illegal scheme is one whereby an individual is enticed by being told they can access their super early to pay off a credit card debt, go on a holiday, buy a car and so on. Generally, such schemes are illegal as superannuation can only be accessed early by meeting a condition of release.

Those promoting such schemes usually:
– Encourage individuals to transfer super from an existing super fund to an SMSF to access super before they are legally entitled to;
– Target those under financial pressure or who do not understand the super laws;
– Claim you can use your super for anything you want;
– Charge high fees and commissions, and risk losing some or all of the individuals super to them.

Unfortunately, participating in these schemes subject the affected individual to identity theft from the promoter of the scheme. Identity theft is when someone uses another person’s details to commit fraud or other crimes.

Individuals need to be aware that super is usually only accessible once the preservation age is reached and they stop working. The preservation age is currently 55 years old for those born before 1 July 1960 and 60 years old for those born after 30 June 1964.

Superannuation can only be accessed early in special circumstances such as severe financial hardship and for specific medical conditions. There are severe penalties for illegally accessing your super early.