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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. […]

SMSFs borrowing to invest

Thinking about using your SMSF to borrow to invest? SMSF borrowing has become a popular way of maximising retirement savings because it allows you to increase the amount available to invest within your SMSF.

SMSFs are generally not allowed to borrow money. However there are some limited exceptions including borrowing to invest under a specific type of borrowing arrangement called a ‘limited recourse borrowing arrangement’ (LRBA). […]

Extra deductions for staff training

One of the key features of the recent federal budget handed down by the government was a proposal for extra deductions for employers for expenditure incurred in training their staff. Let’s take a closer look.


Small businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million will be able to deduct an additional 20% of expenditure incurred on eligible training courses provided to employees. The 20% boost will apply to eligible expenditure incurred from 7:30pm (AEDT) on 29 March 2022 (Budget night) until 30 June 2024.

Of course, this measure is subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, which may also be subject to the government winning the upcoming election. For its part, the opposition has not ruled out adopting this proposal should it form the next government. […]

Small business lifetime cap

Are you a small business owner selling your business or disposing of an active business asset? If so, did you know you might be able to disregard some or all of any capital gain by putting the proceeds into superannuation?

Lifetime CGT cap

If you are a small business owner and want to sell your business or dispose of an active asset, you may be eligible to disregard some or all of the capital gain resulting from the disposal under the small business CGT concessions. […]

More super for lower-income workers on the way

Did you know that lower-income earning individuals who earn less than $450 per month are currently not eligible for superannuation guarantee (SG) contributions from their employer?

The $450 per month threshold also applies if an employee has more than one part-time or casual job and they earn more than $450 per month from all jobs combined. It simply comes down to the amount earned per job which can disadvantage many younger or lower-income workers.


But not for long …

The good news is that the $450 threshold will be abolished from 1 July 2022 due to recent legislative changes. This means that all employers will have to pay SG contributions for all employees, regardless of how much they earn per month.

The removal of the $450 per month threshold will benefit an estimated 300,000 people or 3% of employees[1], who are mainly young and/or lower-income and part-time workers, approximately 63% of whom are female[2]. These changes will help these workers start accumulating super earlier as well as help address the gap in super savings between women and men. […]

GST refresher for your business

Most businesses are familiar with how GST works. But here’s a few reminders to make sure you’re being compliant and maximising your GST claims.

GST is paid at each step in the supply chain. and Businesses charge GST in the price of goods, services or anything else they supply, subject to various exemptions. If an entity is registered for GST, it can in many instances claim input tax credits from the ATO for any GST included in the price paid for goods, services or anything else bought for the business. However, for GST registered enterprises, the liability to pay GST rests on the supplier of goods and services, not on the consumer. In other words, even if the business incorrectly does not include the GST in the price of goods and services supplied, it is still liable to pay it to the ATO. […]

Benefits of a corporate trustee structure for your SMSF

Thinking about setting up an SMSF? Or do you already have an SMSF with an individual trustee structure? If so, now might be the time to consider adopting a corporate trustee structure for your fund.

With over 60% of all SMSFs having a corporate trustee structure, there are many benefits in setting up a company to be the trustee of your SMSF.

For background, each member of an SMSF is required to be a trustee of the fund. Alternatively, you can choose a corporate trustee model (ie, a company to act as the trustee of the fund), which means each SMSF member must also be a director of the trustee company. […]