Retirement Planning

Your essential guide to super

Superannuation is probably the financial product that people least understand. Our quick guide will help you to understand your super better.


Multinational tax dodgers targeted

The Federal Government will close loopholes being exploited by multinationals.

Finance News

Tax offset to end

The financial year ending 30 June 2014 will the last one in which you may be eligible to claim the Mature Age Worker Tax Offset (MAWTO).


Are you in the taxman’s sights?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has today released its hit list of deductions on which it will be focusing come tax return time. Should you be worried?


Wealthy outsmarting the ATO

The wealthiest Australians are using a complex series of trusts and private companies to hide money from the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which seems powerless to recoup the tax on some $500 billion.


MyGov accounts

A MyGov account will be required for those who wish to complete a tax return online.

Federal Budget

Tax receipts for individuals

In a bid to make public spending more transparent, the Government will issue receipts to approximately 10 million individuals.

Finance News

No escaping Capital Gains Tax

Claiming a Capital Gains Tax exemption for a property takes more than just living in the place, as one taxpayer found out when the ATT ruled against him.


Cunning phone scams on the rise

Margaret was recently contacted by someone claiming to be from the ATO handing out ‘Hardship Grants’. Margaret gathered as much information as she could about the caller and then hung up after identifying the call as a scam. Drew explains how to identify a scam and where to report it.


Tax refund scam

With tax time in full swing, the number of scams on the go has also increased and some of them are quite slick. Drew explains why these scam emails look so legitimate and how to differentiate from the real thing.

Government grab for unclaimed super

A new measure will ensure that significantly more unclaimed super will go to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The decision to lower the threshold at which lost superannuation accounts are automatically transferred to the ATO was announced yesterday.

Seniors Finance

Save your super

The recent share market plunge will have knocked 3 to 5 percent off super fund balances and with Australians on average having four super accounts, this is a large proportion of your retirement income. Now is the time to consider consolidating your superannuation and saving on fees.

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