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Green light for LRBAs

Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) have been greenlit by a recent enquiry, and also comments from the Assistant Treasurer.

The Council of Financial Regulators in November released its second report on Leverage and risk in the superannuation system. Consistent with the 2019 report, the Council found that LRBAs are “unlikely to pose a material risk to the superannuation system or broader financial system”. Following this, in the lead up to the recent Federal Budget, the Assistant Treasurer Steven Jones confirmed that there are no current plans to ban such arrangements. […]

How does super impact your age pension?

Whether your superannuation impacts your Age Pension depends on a number of factors, such as your age and your level of assets and income.

Age pension age

In order to qualify for Age Pension payments, you must have reached age pension age. Your age Pension age is determined by when you were born, as follows: […]

Protecting your au domain name

The ATO Commissioner has just issued a warning to businesses on the importance of securing your au domain name!

To recap, .au direct domain names were launched earlier this year by the organisation that manages Australian domain names, the Australian Domain Administration (auDA). This will allow businesses to elect to drop the .com from their web addresses. […]

Using business stock for private purposes?

The ATO has issued a reminder to sole traders and partners in a partnership.

If you take goods from your business for your private use, make sure you accurately record this in your stock on hand.

Accessing your trading stock for private use is permissible from a tax perspective, however you need to account for the stock correctly:

each time you use […]

ATO payment arrangements

Circumstances will sometimes get in the way of your ability to pay a personal or business tax debt on time.

If this is the case, it is vital to go on the front foot and put a payment arrangement in place with the ATO. For larger business debts, this is now more important than ever with new legislation allowing the ATO to disclose the business tax debt information of a taxpayer to credit reporting bureaus in certain circumstances. […]

Employee or contractor?

Do you run a business and have or are thinking about hiring workers? If so, it’s important to understand the difference between contractors and employees, as you have different tax and superannuation responsibilities depending on the status of the worker.

What’s the difference between contractors and employees?

Generally speaking, an employee works in your business and is part of your business. A contractor is a person who is typically running their own business and the business engaging their services has little direction or control in respect of how that service is supplied. […]

How much do you need to retire?

Have you ever wondered how much superannuation you will have and need in retirement? The answer is it depends on a range of  factors, such as your lifestyle goals, whether you have paid off your mortgage, your financial situation, whether you live a relatively healthy lifestyle, your likely life expectancy, and so on.

How much will I spend in retirement?

According to the government’s MoneySmart website, the amount of money you will need when you retire depends on:

Your costs in retirement – for example, paying off your mortgage, rent, renovations, travel and medical costs, and
The lifestyle you want – for example, a modest versus a comfortable lifestyle (discussed below).


What happens to your super in the event of bankruptcy?

Are you a small business owner or work in a profession where you are open to being sued? If so, have you thought about what might happen to your superannuation should your circumstances change and you become bankrupt?

The risk of bankruptcy

Self-employed people, company directors and ‘at risk’ professionals such as doctors, dentists, accountants, lawyers, etc are particularly vulnerable to lawsuits from disgruntled clients or former, aggrieved business partners. Should your small business fail or where litigation against you by one of these individuals is successful, there is a risk that you may become bankrupt.

Once bankrupt, your assets are accessible under bankruptcy laws to repay creditors unless your assets are considered ‘exempt divisible property’. […]

The SMSF annual audit

All SMSF trustees or directors must appoint an approved SMSF auditor to audit their fund every year. Not only is an annual audit mandatory but it must be conducted by an approved SMSF auditor who is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

But who is an approved SMSF auditor and what do you need to consider when appointing one for your SMSF? […]

Reimbursement versus Allowances

According to the ATO, the treatment of allowances is one of the most misunderstood areas of payroll. Whether it be misclassifying an amount as an allowance (when it’s actually a reimbursement) or applying the incorrect Payment Summary treatment, PAYG withholding, superannuation or payroll tax treatment, mistakes in this area are easy to make. […]