In Part 1 of the Great Australian Nightmare I alluded that those people growing a small business and creating at least $200,000 in family profit should NOT pay off their private home mortgage and instead invest the money into other growth assets. By doing this you can save upwards of 20% per annum via the correct tax structure.
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.
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.
The critical issues for small business – February and March are traditionally the worst cashflow months for small business – the Christmas rush is over, the Business Activity Statement is due, and payments slow down with a dip in consumer spending. You might be ok but your customers could be under pressure and often whoever wields the most influence gets paid first.
Property investors often ask me about the difference between repairs, maintenance and capital improvements for their investment properties. All are legitimate tax deductions, but how they are claimed can be different, and depend on a number of factors.
How the assets test will work in 2017 could increase your Age Pension entitlements, or take some or all of them away.
With the current debate surrounding the Government’s proposed changes to superannuation contributions caps focused on tax rather than outcomes, most super fund members should instead be concentrating on maximising their investment returns to achieve an adequate retirement income, according to Rice Warner research.1
Housing matters a lot in Australia. Having a house on a quarter acre block is part of the "Aussie dream". Housing is a popular investment destination. And the housing cycle is a key component of the economic cycle and closely connected to interest rate movements.