With the cost of living on the rise, it’s natural to want to give your children a helping hand financially. This article discusses important points to consider before gifting money to family, including implications on your future retirement savings and tax obligations. A case study is included to illustrate the importance of having the right protections in place. Are you sacrificing your retirement for your adult children?
Australians were introduced to credit cards way back in 1974. Since then, we have embraced the plastic-fantastic with much enthusiasm, and why not? Credit cards meant no waiting; purchases went home immediately and were paid-off in monthly instalments – what could be better? Are credit cards the new seniors card?
In recent times a spotlight has been shone on the gender pay gap, resulting in greater awareness of women’s conditions in the workforce. Yet we’re still overlooking how lower wages translate into a retirement savings gender gap.Closing the gender superannuation gap
Of late, there have been several compensation payments made by financial services providers to customers that were inappropriately charged or overcharged for insurance premiums or services they did not receive, etc. Did your super fund receive a compensation payment?
Superannuation is not like other assets as it is held in trust by the trustee of the superannuation fund. When you die, it does not automatically form part of your estate but instead, is paid to your eligible beneficiaries by the fund trustee according to the rules of fund, superannuation law, and the death nomination you made.
When your business hires a new employee, the Choice of Fund form is used to identify where they want their superannuation to be directed. If the employee does not identify a fund, generally the employer directs their superannuation into a default fund. Recruiting new employees? The 1 November superannuation rule changes.