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How to use a mortgage offset account to best advantage

How to use a mortgage offset account to best advantage

Putting surplus money into a mortgage offset account instead of using it to reduce the mortgage size gives you an option of renting the property, while maximising tax savings.

  • by Noel Whittaker

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Lower investment returns prompt retirement rethink
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Lower investment returns prompt retirement rethink

With record low interest rates and falling dividends, we are all lowering expected levels of income on our investments.

  • by George Cochrane
Clarifying Capital Gains Tax rules
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Clarifying Capital Gains Tax rules

Your home remains exempt from CGT for six years if you move elsewhere and do not claim another home as your main residence.

  • by George Cochrane
Rolling over your super doesn't trigger personal CGT liability
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Rolling over your super doesn't trigger personal CGT liability

The exit unit price at which you can roll out of a super fund takes into account any accrued tax liability.

  • by George Cochrane
Don't bank on age pension to bail you out in retirement
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Don't bank on age pension to bail you out in retirement

Given the bleak state of affairs revealed in the national accounts in the economic crisis, the long-term future of the age pension is far from guaranteed.

  • by Noel Whittaker
Cashing in super to buy property not the best idea
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Cashing in super to buy property not the best idea

Renting is likely to be the better option when seeking a holiday home than missing out on the income and growth of a substantial share portfolio.

  • by Noel Whittaker
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Shares versus cash: term requirements matter more than interest rate
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Shares versus cash: term requirements matter more than interest rate

When you are well into your retirement years, it's more important to sleep well at night with a cash hoard than to worry about risky investment returns.

  • by Noel Whittaker
How to best utilise your Capital Gains Tax exemption
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How to best utilise your Capital Gains Tax exemption

If a property is being used to produce income then the period of absence is limited to six years for a full Capital Gains Tax exemption.

  • 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
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
'Elephant in the room': Backbencher push to charge CGT on family home
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'Elephant in the room': Backbencher push to charge CGT on family home

Home owners could be charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital gains tax under separate proposals from Liberals.

  • by Jennifer Duke