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Transition to retirement update

Posted on February 2, 2016 by admin

A transition to retirement allows older workers who are moving towards retirement to continue working, while at the same time, draw down on some of their superannuation benefits. Since its introduction in 2005 by the Australian Government, the policy has been used by many Australians as a strategy to save tax and boost super before retirement.

Under the tax office’s new transition to retirement rules, those who have reached their preservation age are now able to reduce their working hours without having to reduce their income.

Individuals can do this by topping up their part-time income with a regular ‘income stream’ from their super savings. Under previous rules, taxpayers could only access their super once they turned 65 or retired.

Under the new regulations, individuals can only access their superannuation benefits as a ‘non-commutable’ income stream. A non-commutable income stream cannot be converted into a lump sum. This means that individuals cannot take their benefits as a lump sum cash payment while they are still working. Instead, they must take their superannuation benefits as regular payments.

Employers are still required to make compulsory super guarantee contributions for all eligible employees, which includes people on a transition to retirement.

Those considering the tax aspects of retirement or a transition to retirement should seek financial advice to find out what is best for their individual circumstances.

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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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