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ATO stats reveal more competitive SMSF costs
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ATO stats reveal more competitive SMSF costs

Data show the median “operating expense” of SMSFs was just $3923 a year, a likely more appropriate indication of their true basic operating cost.

  • by John Maroney

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Commonwealth Seniors Health Card a valuable commodity
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Commonwealth Seniors Health Card a valuable commodity

Both a Low Income Health Care Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are also used to provide cardholders with discounts on utilities, council rates and public transport.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Negotiating Capital Gains Tax on an inherited home
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Negotiating Capital Gains Tax on an inherited home

If a person dies while in residential care while within the six-year period of exemption, their beneficiaries have two years from the date of death to sell the property.

  • by George Cochrane
Making sure your nest egg will last the distance
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Making sure your nest egg will last the distance

Retirement should be a golden age that allows you to slow down and smell the roses but it's important to plan now to ensure you will reach your goals.

  • by Nina Hendy
ATO toughens stance on hardship super payments
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ATO toughens stance on hardship super payments

After criticism, authorities warn those rorting the government's early super release scheme will face heavy penalties.

  • by John Collett
Replacing stamp duty with land tax may prove too costly
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Replacing stamp duty with land tax may prove too costly

If the laws were changed it would take state government years to make up the deficit in their receipts.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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What we know about leaving a legacy
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What we know about leaving a legacy

They’ve had a hard time of it lately, with ‘OK, boomer’ entering the lexicon.

  • by Ian Cuthbertson
Not the best time to help a child with a property loan
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Not the best time to help a child with a property loan

It is becoming apparent that the economy will not snap back to pre-virus levels any time soon and low investment returns mean you may need all of your retirement savings.

  • by George Cochrane
How to get a $10,000 cash boost without raiding your super
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How to get a $10,000 cash boost without raiding your super

If you really do need a cash injection to tide you over in these tough times, don’t risk your financial future by raiding super. There are other alternatives.

  • by Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon
Why compulsory super remains a great idea
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Why compulsory super remains a great idea

Is it better to have a little more in your pocket now or a big pile of cash when you retire? You be the judge.

  • by Noel Whittaker
What documents do you need to support a CSHC claim?
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What documents do you need to support a CSHC claim?

The seniors card test considers the adjusted taxable income of a customer and partner, plus deemed income from any account-based income streams held.

  • by Noel Whittaker