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Focus on wealthy Australians

The ATO has received additional Government funding to continue their focus on improving the voluntary compliance of wealthy Australians until 30 June 2017.

The ATO began focusing on wealthy Australians in 2009-10 with the ultimate goal of influencing all wealthy Australians to pay their fair share of tax. The ATO hoped to do this by changing attitudes and behaviours associated with tax manipulation, avoidance and schemes.

Wealthy Australians are defined as Australian residents who control net assets of between $5 million and $30 million.

The ATO’s strategy to influence wealthy Australians includes:

-gaining a greater and more detailed understanding of wealthy Australian’s

-treating systematic tax risk

-heightening ATO visibility in the community through education

The ATO has undertaken direct enforcement action, including comprehensive reviews and audits, as well as engaging with individuals through letter and phone campaigns.

The ATO has also recognised that many people who fall into the category of ‘wealthy Australian’ are asset rich but cash poor. This has led the ATO to work on managing disputed, collectable and insolvent debt.

As a result of their compliance activities, the ATO have exceeded liability targets.

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

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 contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.