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Superannuation

10 super and tax planning tips for end of financial year

By Renee Black
Here we share ten superannuation and taxation planning strategies you may want to consider in order to boost your retirement savings, maximise Government entitlements, avoid potential penalties and ultimately, reduce your tax payable before end of financial year.

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Federal Budget 2017 – Super

Key points from the Federal Budget 2017 announcement, including the use of LRBAs to be included in a member's total super balance and transfer balance cap from 1 July 2018 ...

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Don’t let the super reforms unravel your estate planning

By Andrew Proudfoot
There is now only 13 weeks left before the Government’s new super reforms kick in. This means, there is only 13 weeks left to rethink your super strategy and make any necessary changes to ensure you get the best financial outcomes and avoid potential penalties. Time is running out.

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Superannuation changes: What you need to know

By David Lloyd
2017 is going to be a big year for superannuation. As end of financial year nears, we thought it worth outlining what changes you should make note of and what you can do to make sure you’re taking advantage of them before 1 July 2017.

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7 ways to kickstart 2017 – and make it your best financial year yet

By John Barton
If there is one thing 2016 taught us, it is that peace of mind is a valuable thing. We are both excited and hopeful for the year to come and have shared 7 tips to help make 2017 your best financial year yet and to help you achieve peace of mind for the year to come, regardless of what events unfold this year.

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What the $1.6 million pension cap means for you

By David Lloyd
As part of their controversial suite of proposed changes to superannuation put forward in May, the Coalition announced a cap of $1.6 million on all existing and new pension accounts. Last week, these changes passed through Parliament and are now Law.

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$500,000 non-concessional lifetime cap to be scrapped

In a monumental turnaround, the Federal Government has today made major changes to its superannuation package by dumping highly controversial plans for a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

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Small win for SMSF trustees sets the scene for further Budget review

Since the handing down of the Federal Budget in May we have been working closely with a number of SMSF advocacy bodies, including SISFA (of which I am a Director and MGD a founding member) and SMSF Owners’ Alliance, to ensure any proposed changes to SMSF policy translate into level-headed fair regulation.

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ATO extends deadline for SMSF borrowing arrangement

The ATO has announced that it is allowing SMSF trustees additional time to ensure that any limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) that their fund has are on terms consistent with an arm’s length dealing, or alternatively are brought to an end. The previously announced 30 June deadline has now been extended to 31 January 2017.

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Federal Budget 2016 – Superannuation Update

The budget contained a number of important changes to the superannuation system, including retirement income streams and tax changes. The announced changes took everyone by surprise and it is important that you discuss your particular situation with your adviser and how these changes may affect you.

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Taxation & Superannuation Planning for Year End 2015-16

With 30 June 2016 rapidly approaching, now is the time to review your financial position and consider any superannuation and tax-effective strategies that might be appropriate for you.

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NCC lifetime cap and you

From 3 May 2016, the amount of non-concessional contributions (NCCs) that a person can make to super will have a proposed cap of $500,000. What does this mean for you?

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Federal Budget 2016

Two major factors necessarily limited Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull in their first crack at a Federal Budget – our relatively fragile economy, as evidenced by yesterday’s RBA announcement, and the fact that an election will be called within days.

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Federal Budget 2016: superannuation

Key points on superannuation from the Federal Budget 2016 announcement, including the introduction of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap, concessional cap changes and an ease in the restrictions for tax deductions for personal contributions...

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Rumour has it: pre-Budget super speculation

With less than a week until the Federal Budget is handed down, the media is alive with speculation as to what changes the Government will impose and, as usual, superannuation is at the forefront of the pre-Budget rumour mill.

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Is your SMSF adviser right for you?

It’s no secret that SMSFs are regulated by a complex and frequently changing set of laws and regulations making maintaining compliance and optimal operation within this legal framework an increasingly challenging task. This is why many SMSF trustees (or directors of a trustee company) turn to specialists to help guide them through this maze to ensure their obligations are met.

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One smart pre-Budget move you should consider if aged 55* or over (at 30th June 2015)

It’s that time of year again when pre-Budget media speculation is proving very hard to escape. Every day we are told what the Budget may (or may not!) have in store for us which can be perplexing when considering pre-emptive pre-Budget strategies.

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