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Natural disasters and access to superannuation

By Olivia Long, on behalf of Firstlinks January 2020 The impact of Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis is devastating. Not only are Australians losing their homes and entire belongings, but many are also hit by the loss of their business or means to generate an income. They may be in urgent need of cash as a…

Ensure you get it right when making a ‘downsizer contribution’

By Colin Lewis December 2019 If you’re aged 65 or more and sell your home, you may be able to contribute some, or all, of the sale proceeds into superannuation.  Making what is known as a ‘downsizer contribution’ is an opportunity to top-up your super even if you’re normally ineligible to contribute due to your age,…

New year financial plan

By Colin Lewis December 2019 The festive break is a good time to kick back with family and friends. It’s also a good time to take stock of where you’re at financially and to plan for the new year. When it comes to the constantly changing superannuation environment, the last thing you want is to miss…

What happens to my SMSF when I die?

By Colin Lewis November 2019 There are many reasons for setting up a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). It could be the desire to take control of your super, or wanting to invest in something that can only be held in an SMSF, such as direct property – with the spotlight on investment diversification, more attention must…

Are you prevented from having an SMSF?

By Colin Lewis October 2019 You are about to buy an investment property, or your business premises, and you’ve heard of the merits of structuring the purchase through a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). So, you’re looking to set one up thinking (naturally) that anyone can have an SMSF. Right? You might be surprised to find that…

Super Proceeds Trusts

By Colin Lewis, September 2019 Planning for the inevitability death – while morbid – is important. It gives you comfort knowing that what you’ve accumulated will go to your intended beneficiaries and it gives your loved ones, peace of mind knowing they’ll be looked after. On death, when it comes to your superannuation, only your…

Helping your children build their super

By Matthew Collins, on behalf of Cufflinks, August 2019 For many years, superannuation has provided significant tax benefits for retirees. However, recent changes in legislation will limit the amount that can be placed into super, and investment returns may not be as good as in the past. As a result, future generations will pay more…

Don’t forget the kids

By Colin Lewis, August 2019 Back in November 2015, the then Treasurer Scott Morrison enunciated the view that “Super was never designed to be an open-ended vehicle for wealth creation.” So, we now have a superannuation system that is designed to limit how much can go into it and ensure that money in it must…

5 common mistakes in running an SMSF

By Graeme Colley, July 2019 (on behalf of Cufflinks) There are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to superannuation and running your SMSF. Fund investments are for the sole purpose of providing benefits for the members or their dependants for superannuation purposes and not for personal reasons. Here are some common mistakes and…

Happy New Financial Year!

By Colin Lewis, July 2019 The new financial year brings new opportunities for some people to top-up their superannuation. Catch-up pre-tax concessional contributions (CCs) If you didn’t utilise the full $25,000 CCs cap in 2018/19 then the unused amount may now be contributed this financial year provided the total amount you had in the super…

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