2016 Federal Election: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

Save the dates! The May 2016 Federal Budget is to be released on 3 May 2016, rather than its usual date of 10 May 2016. Linked to the Budget night change, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed the federal election is highly likely to be held on 2 July 2016 (since the Senate hasn’t done what … [Read more...]

Super funds up 1.8% for March, but in red for 2015/2016 year?

The median superannuation growth fund gained 1.8% in value for the month of March 2016, but lost 1.1% for the 3 months to March 2016, and gained a meagre 0.1% in value over the financial year to date (9 months to March 2016), according to superannuation ratings agency, Chant West.The 1.8% gain … [Read more...]

Repay debts with super: then claim Age Pension

Q: I have read about the changes to the Age Pension assets test taking effect from January 2017. My question is, can I pay my superannuation into my mortgage, live off my private savings and then receive the Age Pension when I turn 65? My age pension age is 65, because I was born in June 1952.A: … [Read more...]

Women and super: A worry-free financial future is possible

Before I wrote Super Freedom: A woman’s guide to superannuation, I had often discussed the need for a practical non-technical book for women on superannuation. The first question I was asked when I told some female friends that I was writing a book for women on superannuation and retirement was: … [Read more...]

Financial freedom: Retirement planning in six steps

How much money do you need in retirement to live a lifestyle free of everyday money worries? For many Australians, this means a lifestyle where you can pay your bills without financial stress, you can enjoy an occasional holiday (or many!), you can maintain your car and house, and you can buy gifts … [Read more...]

What are the super and retirement rules for over-65s?

Q: My wife (age 63) and myself (age 65) were told by a financial organisation that at 65 or over I could put money into super, pay 15% tax on the way in, and then draw it out when I wished and pay no tax. In fact I have been told to pay myself $30,000 or less and source the rest of my income through … [Read more...]

Double contributions tax for high-income earners

Note: Currently, anyone earning an adjusted taxable income of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on super contributions. The ALP has announced a policy to bring the income thresholds down to $250,000. The rumour is that the Coalition plans to reduce the income threshold to … [Read more...]

Temporary Budget Repair Levy: More income tax for high-income earners

Note: In rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily increase the marginal tax rate by 2 percentage points for those Australians earning more than $180,000. The higher tax rate became law, and applies from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017 (3 financial years).In … [Read more...]