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Tax-free insurance policy bonuses

Posted on April 12, 2016 by admin

After a taxpayer has held a life insurance policy for ten years or longer, the reversionary bonuses received on that policy become tax-free.

Life insurance policies are issued by life insurance companies and friendly societies.

A reversionary bonus is profit earned annually on traditional life contracts on top of the sum insured that is added to the amount of an insurance policy payable at the maturation of the policy or the death of the person insured.

For taxpayers with policies that are less than ten years old, stipulated amounts are included in that taxpayer’s assessable income and a tax offset is available.

A bonus is not considered to be assessable income if it is received:


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When do you have to pay tax on shares?

Posted on February 20, 2020 by admin

Investing in shares is a popular method of growing your wealth, however, there are tax obligations you need to be aware of to get an accurate sense of how much you’ll need to put aside for your investments.

When you own shares, you need to declare all your dividend income on your tax return. It is possible to claim tax deductions for certain expenses you pay to receive income from your shares. The deductions you are eligible for will depend on if you are carrying on a business of share trading or if you are an individual share investor, but they can include:

Individual share investors cannot claim a deduction for the cost of acquiring shares, such as costs for brokerage and stamp duty, however, they can claim deductions on the prepayment of expenses related to the shares such as internet fees or seminars.

Buying and selling shares can involve capital gains tax (CGT), depending on whether you make a capital gain or a capital loss on your shares. Your capital gains or loss is the difference between the price you paid for the shares and the price you sell them for. If you end up selling your shares for more than you paid for them, then you make a capital gain which may be taxed.

How much CGT you need to pay varies depending on:

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