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Transition to Retirement Pensions

A transition to retirement pension is a great way to supplement your income if you are moving from full-time employment to retirement. The benefit of this pension is that it allows you to supplement your income to maintain your lifestyle if you have chosen to reduce your working hours. It may also allow you to

Protecting SMSFs and Investors Against Fraud

In a post global financial crisis world, with low returns from investments and superannuation, many people are worried about their savings lasting through retirement. This has made investors even more vulnerable to fraud. Organisers of these scams are targeting any person with relatively large amounts of money to invest such as retirees or people nearing

Christmas Party Benefits

The provision of a Christmas party to an employee may be a minor benefit and exempt from fringe benefits tax (FBT) if the cost of the party is less than $300 per employee and certain conditions are met. The benefit provided to an associate of the employee (ie partners and families if they attend) may

Low Income Super Contribution

The Government has introduced a new super payment called the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC). The LISC payment took effect from 1 July 2012. Those eligible must have an adjusted taxable income not exceeding $37,000 of which 10% or more is derived from business or employment, and have made concessional contributions to a complying super

Changes To Phoenix Legislation

The Government has drafted The Corporation’s Amendment (Similar Names) Bill 2012 to curb phoenix activity in Australia. Phoenix activity involves the intentional transfer of assets by a director of an indebted company at a price below market value to a new company, of which they are also a director. The indebted company is then placed

Amendments To Tax Law

Amendments to tax laws by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) aim to protect employees’ entitlements by making directors personally liable for any unpaid superannuation. Currently employees of failed companies may seek to recover their entitlements through the Government’s General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS). However this does not include outstanding superannuation and is not

Carbon Tax Price Increases

Making False Claims The carbon tax has been in place for a few months and businesses are beginning to more accurately estimate the effect it is having on their costs. Before blaming the carbon tax for a price increase however, business owners need to consider the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cwlth). The Act states

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