THE SOAPBOX

The must-read section of SuperGuide. These popular and compelling columns generate debate about issues affecting Australians planning for retirement, or living in retirement.

Each month, we draw attention to an area of our superannuation system that needs improvement or deserves recognition. Trish Power’s views in the columns are informed, and independent.


Below are some of our key THE SOAPBOX articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining THE SOAPBOX.

Guest contributor: How to spot an independent financial adviser

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Just because a financial planner’s business card doesn’t display the logo of a bank or insurance company doesn’t mean he or she is independent. Last month Roy Morgan Research surveyed 40,000 people on the perceived independence of their financial planner. It turns out that a disturbing number are … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners available until 2016/2017 year

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NOTE: The Coalition government has extended the Low Income Super Contribution for another 4 years, as part of a parliamentary deal to secure passage of the repeal of the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. Under the new legislation, the LISC is now payable for the 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 … [Read more...]

Great news! Seniors Health Card income thresholds increased, finally

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Effective since 20 September 2014, the income test thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) have increased for the time in 13 years. The new indexed income test thresholds appear later in the article. The CSHC is available to retirees who are not eligible for the Age Pension, … [Read more...]

Low-income earners enjoy super tax reprieve for 5 years

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Note: The Coalition government has been forced to extend the Low Income Super Contribution for another 4 years, in addition to the LISC applying for the 2012/2013 year. Due to parliamentary negotiations to secure passage of the repeal of the Mineral Resource Rent Tax, the LISC is now payable for the … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Franked dividends lose some shine from 1 July 2015

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The Liberal government has committed to reducing company tax to 28.5%, effective from 1 July 2015 (subject to legislation). If the company tax rate drops to 28.5%, so does the level of franking credits linked to Australian company dividends. The policy to cut company tax was originally linked to … [Read more...]

Age Pension age increasing to 70 years (updated table)

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Note: This article (including table) explains the Age Pension eligibility age, which jumps by 5 years for younger Australians, subject to legislation. If you are seeking information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide article Accessing super: What is my … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 42 independent financial advisers in Australia

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Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update September 2014). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an … [Read more...]

Still wanted: all independent advisers in Australia

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More than five years ago, SuperGuide embarked on a long and arduous mission. We decided that we wanted to find every independent financial adviser in Australia, and to give these advisers an opportunity to let SuperGuide readers know that they exist. For the past 5 years, we have published a list … [Read more...]

Temporary concessional contributions cap expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014

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In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s which has been expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014. Anyone in this age group may consider revisiting their superannuation contributions strategies in light of the higher … [Read more...]

Double contributions tax for high-income earners

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Anyone earning more than $300,000 (including rental property losses and other items) now pays 30% tax on concessional contributions paid into a super fund, doubling the super tax bill for high-income earners. The regular contributions tax is a flat rate of 15%. Concessional contributions include … [Read more...]

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