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Will it be a happy new financial year? I'm not optimistic.

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2021
In a few hours’ time we will be saying happy (financial) new year! But is it? I suspect for many individuals and businesses, there won’t be many celebratory fireworks.   Of course, the major concern that we all still have is the various variants of the COVID virus doing the rounds, and our relatively low vaccination rate nationwide.   The government’s surprising announcement that under-40s will be given access to the Astra-Zeneca vaccine flagged an interesting turn in the rollout, which flags a desperation to get the vaccination rate up and avoid future lockdowns.   It will be interesting to see how the younger generation takes up the offer. So far, if social media posts are anything to go by the under-40s I know are getting jabbed at a rapid rate.   Of course, our financial and economic fortunes are inextricably linked to the COVID vaccination rate. A low vaccination rate means higher risk of more widespread lockdowns, which we’re seeing this week acro ... Read the rest of entry »

EOFY is just a week away! My 3 last-minute super tips.

Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2021

With the end of financial year now just 5 business days away, here are three quick super things to consider over the next week:

  1. If you're self-employed and looking to BPay your super payment, you'll need to get cracking pretty quickly. Keep in mind that the payment is not based on what date it leaves your account, but the date it goes into the superfund, which can take up to two business days.
  2. If you're an employer wanting to claim a tax deduction on contributions, they need to leave your account before 30 June.
  3. As of 1 July 2021, the minimum superannuation contribution an employer needs to pay ALL employees, regardless of hours worked or amount earned, is 10% of their gross wage. This is something we have been discussing for months as it will inevitably result in some working Australians taking a forced pay cut.

If you haven't actioned these super items yet, it's time to get onto them - there are still a few days to get them done!

 

Borrower beware: the banks are lifting fixed interest rates

Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Beware the major banks lifting interest rates. As we know the RBA has made it very clear that it won’t be pushing up the official cash rate until 2023 or 2024. But that doesn’t mean the banks won’t.   The banks know it’d be madness to hike variable rates as we still sit in the grips of a global pandemic, but unfortunately the same can’t be said about long term fixed rates, which all the lenders have increased over recent weeks.   The three and four year fixed rates have been the first to move, so from here we can either expect those to go up further, or the banks might move on the 2 year rate. So the question is, why are the banks moving on their fixed rates? The answer is the cost of funding has gone up as a response to higher bond yields globally, which means the banks are paying more in wholesale funding from foreign and local investors. What does that mean for you and me?   It means we should be looking at our property plans over the nex ... Read the rest of entry »

June 30 is approaching - what you need to know now

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2021
So lockdown is being eased again – excellent. But lockdown or no lockdown, the rest of Australia beyond Melbourne continues to tick along as COVID-normal, which means we’re rapidly approaching the end of financial year and everything that comes along with it. It’s going to be a hell of a year for tax planning, in particular calculating income. It’s important to note that all JobKeeper payments are assessable income, but any state government personal or business grants are exempt from paying tax. From a superannuation perspective, if you’re an employee it’s probably too late now to make any pre-tax super contributions, as you’d need to have notified your employer of that intention. You can still make after-tax contributions, but I’d suggest giving us a call if that’s something you’re interested in doing. If you’re self-employed you can still make a concessional super contribution of up to $25,000, as long as it’s done before 30 June. ... Read the rest of entry »

We have a beef about lockdown, but we nearly had a much bigger beef about beef!

Posted on Friday, June 4, 2021
This is a lockdown free newsletter this week. I don't know about you, but I've had enough of talking about it!   But what we do need to talk about is IT security and how it’s becoming a real problem, not only for big business but small business as well.   A few weeks ago a Russian consortium hacked the Colonial pipeline and were paid ransom funds of around $5 million in Bitcoin.   More recently Australia’s largest meat producer, JBS Group, which has extensive operations in Brazil and the USA alongside Australia, was attacked.   The attack knocked out their global operations, sparking concerns of a supply shortage here and overseas, or a price spike.   But more importantly, it highlights how short the chain is between a single big business and an entire country’s food security.   Given the scale and potential impact of the attack, the FBI is investigating, with early indications suggesting the attack came out of Russia.   I find all of this fas ... Read the rest of entry »

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