Tax. It’s an unavoidable aspect of working.
Most people pay a lot of tax in their working life and don’t receive much assistance from the government in return.
So, when it comes time to collect the Age Pension it may feel like it’s your time to finally ‘get something back’.
I’ve just had my first child just before I turn 30.
My father was 30 when I was born and his father was 30 when he had him. Based on this anecdote let’s assume the average 50-year-old has 80-year-old parents and 20-year-old children.
Out of these three, I believe that the average 50-year-old is in the toughest spot.
When meeting new clients one of the first questions we ask is what their goals are. We often hear that they want to ‘maximise Centrelink benefits in retirement’ or ‘minimise tax’. While these are important aspects of financial planning, these approaches are a means not an end.
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Most people aren’t aware of the fact that their superannuation fund has an earnings tax rate of 15% applied to the income. For example, if you have $500,000 in super, and have investment earnings of 5%, you will have to pay tax of $3,750 (15% x $25,000). This happens ‘behind the scenes’ and is automatically deducted by your superannuation fund.
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