Splitting Super Contributions with your Spouse

October 18, 2019

Many people don’t know that from 1 January 2006 it has been possible to split certain superannuation contributions with their spouse. At the end of each financial year, you can apply to the trustee of your super fund to split the previous year’s concessional contributions with your spouse.  This is different from making a spouse […]

Expansion of Work Bonus to Self-Employed

September 18, 2019

The Work Bonus lets eligible pensioners earn more income from working without reducing their pension. Until recently, the Work Bonus only applied to employment income, but from 1 July 2019 it was extended to include income from self-employment. However, the bonus can only be used to offset income derived from the physical exertion of the […]

Changes to Social Security Deeming Rates

August 16, 2019

Eligibility to income support payments and government concession cards are affected when the income you receive is above the allowable income limit. Some assets, called ‘financial investments’, are deemed to earn income regardless of the income they are actually earning. On 14 July 2019, the Government issued a media release about changes to deeming rates. The lower […]

New Work Test Rules for Older Australians

July 16, 2019

Previously, those 65 and above needed to have been gainfully employed for at least 40 hours over a period of 30 consecutive days (the work test) during the financial year before they could make voluntary superannuation contributions. From 1 July 2019, some people are now able to access an exemption to the work test to […]

Downsizer Super Contributions

June 11, 2019

Legislative changes of recent years have made it difficult for people to make sizeable superannuation contributions too close to their retirement. It is because there are now legislative limits (called ‘caps’) on how much each of us can contribute to super per year. The annual cap on pre-tax contributions is $25,000, and it includes the […]

Don’t lose your insurance cover in super

May 28, 2019

You may have a small inactive superannuation accounts that was set up purely to take out or maintain life insurance. Often the reason for retaining these types of accounts is because it may not be possible to obtain similar insurance cover elsewhere due to age or health reasons. Some of these covers may soon be […]

Pension Loan Scheme

April 17, 2019

What is it? The Pension Loan Scheme (PLS) is a voluntary reverse equity mortgage provided by Centrelink. This scheme offers older Australians an income stream in the form of a loan to supplement their retirement income. Who can currently get it? Currently part-pensioners and some self-funded retirees who own a property in Australia can access […]

Saving for Your Children’s Education – Investment Bonds

March 22, 2019

Australia has one of the highest levels of private school enrolment within the OECD countries¹. Our country also maintains one of the highest levels of private expenditure towards schools (i.e. contributions from households)². According to the Independent Schools Council of Australia, student enrolments in non-government schools are approximately 35% of the total school enrolments (but 41% in secondary […]

Royal Commission Final Report

February 20, 2019

On 4 February the Government released the final report from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. The report summarises the issues and recommendations from the seven hearing rounds. The examples of poor advice and misconduct identified by the Royal Commission are concerning and must be addressed.   Commissions […]

You Need To Prove That You Are Not Dead

January 9, 2019

The rising cost of living means that many Australians are considering living overseas in their retirement. The Government is concerned that some of the overseas payments are being made to people who are no longer alive, which wastes taxpayers’ money. At present, Australia has a voluntary system of reporting deaths. The Government believes that the […]