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Most people start their working lives sometime in their 20s, and in Australia, under employment legislation, your employer is expected to contribute to your super fund. What tends to happen then, is that most people just put superannuation out of their minds.

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Best Super Tax Benefits

The new rules relating to the spouse super contribution scheme make it far more useful to many more people. Now the low-income spouse can have much more income and the higher income spouse contributing for them will receive the full tax rebate available.

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Superannuation

The new rule allowing anyone including employees to make superannuation contributions can help you in reducing the tax bill and earning a refund.

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Planning your Retirement

For many people, turning 50 signals the beginning of last decade or so, of their working lives. For this reason, it’s a great time to take stock, and if you don’t already have a financial planner, think about engaging one.

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Can you afford to Retire

Many people choose to retire in July for tax reasons. The bigger question that must be answered before the timing is “Can we afford to retire?”

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Difference between Financial Planner and an Accountant

Accountants and financial planners are not the same. The question most people ask, is do I need both?
The key difference between the two is this: An accountant looks backwards, while a Financial Planner looks forwards.

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Federal Budget

Savers and retirees can be pleased that last week’s Federal Budget didn’t contain any major changes to superannuation or investment rules. There are some small adjustments and benefits but the main focus is on income tax cuts.

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Borrow to Invest

With the end of the financial year now only about seven weeks away now is the time to plan tax deductions so as to reduce tax and maybe earn a refund for this financial year.

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Financial Advice

It is surprising and disappointing that large, respected financial institutions like the four major banks and AMP are guilty of such poor behaviour prioritising their own interests. There is no excuse for the poor quality advice, especially where clients have suffered serious losses. Those responsible should be punished with the full force of the law. But many advisors provide good quality advice.

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