When you buy your first (or even second) investment property, land tax is likely the last thing on your mind. Even less likely if you are buying a new family home and have decided to keep the old one and rent it out. With land tax rates skyrocketing in some states over recent years, this can be a nasty surprise.
Employee share schemes, if structured correctly, can be an effective way of incentivising staff by linking personal reward to company growth. They are also very useful for fast growth start-up and innovative companies that want to attract top talent but lack the capital to compete on salary alone.
The RBA has again left interest rates on hold at the historical low of 1.50%. There has been no changes to the cash rate since August 2016. However over the past few weeks out of cycle rate hikes by the major banks and second tier lenders have made front page headlines. These interest rate increases ranged from negligible increases to owner occupied loans to smacking investors and those whose loans feature interest only repayments with some significant increases.
Crowdfunding uses internet based platforms and other forms of social media to raise funds for projects or business ventures. Generally, the party trying to raise the funds (the promoter) will engage an intermediary (the platform) to collect funds from contributors.