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Tips to get out of debt faster

An overwhelming majority of people will face debt at some point in their life.

Uncontrolled debt can easily snowball and severely impact an individual’s lifestyle and financial freedom.

Fortunately, debt is manageable and is often contingent upon an individual’s motivation to get rid of debt fast. Tackling debt is often a process of managing expenses against income and formulating a plan of attack. Here are three ways to get out of debt faster:

Stick to a budget
If you are looking to get out of debt quickly, it is critical to stick to a budget. A budget can help you achieve your financial goals and ensure you do not spend more money than you earn. Budgeting is a great way to review your current expenses and see where you can realistically cut costs. It is also a good way of allocating money for an emergency fund i.e savings for a medical emergency etc.

Don’t borrow more money
Although it seems glaringly obvious, it can be tempting to continue down the borrowing spiral. Avoid getting into any further debt by holding off financing more items, signing up for credit cards etc. Instead, focus on paying off your current debts and necessary living expenses and try to eliminate any unnecessary expenses, such as TV subscriptions, daily takeaway coffee and so forth.

Make extra repayments (if possible)
Any excess cash you receive, i.e tax return, ideally should go towards making extra repayments. Making extra repayments not only shortens the length of time to pay off your debt but saves you paying more money on interest. Be sure to check with your credit provider if extra fees will be incurred for extra repayments.

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

July 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early.

A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released.

The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so.

Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution.

The Tax Office encourages those members who have been involved in an illegal super scheme to contact them immediately. The ATO will review your voluntary disclosure and take your circumstances into account when determining any penalties.