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Superannuation Wrap Up for 2013

Posted by Norman Howe on January 29, 2014 under Superannuation

Outside of tax and compliance, the 2013 Federal Election also saw changes in superannuation that would impact SME owners in a significant way. Most notably, the introduction of SuperStream, which is explored in more detail in this post.

Coalition to give Labor's superannuation laws the axe

Posted by Norman Howe on December 03, 2013 under Superannuation

The coalition government has announced that they will not proceed with Labor's announcement which would have taxed people's superannuation pension earnings above $100,000. This is good news for members with higher account balances.

ATO SuperStream Reform: Moving Superannuation into the digital age –ready or not

Posted by on August 28, 2013 under Superannuation

SuperStream is built around ‘Standard Business Reporting’ linked to the ATO and is designed to work with accounting systems using standard terms, messaging language and data packaging rules. The purpose of SuperStream is to deliver a fully digital process; removing risk of error, reducing long proce…

Women and superannuation: a concerning relationship

Posted by on July 24, 2013 under Superannuation

When women are in their 30s and 40s trying to navigate the delicate balance of continuing their careers and taking care of a family, planning for their retirement often ends up quite low on their priority list. Unfortunately, it’s not something a lot of women play close attention to as it doesn't ap…

Are you entitled to lost superannuation?

Posted by on May 21, 2013 under Superannuation

Approximately $16.8 billion of superannuation is currently ‘lost’ and waiting to be collected by its rightful owner. Most of the steps to check if you have any lost super are free, easy to do and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Furthermore there are also no time limits on claiming t…

Should you have insurance in super?

Posted by on April 23, 2013 under Superannuation

We hope you enjoyed the launch of our Wealth newsletter this month and we are working away to ensure that the monthly publication delivered to your inbox is jam packed with the latest wealth news , insights and tools. For those of you happy to stick to the one stop read with Azure Group News, we wil…

Government announces proposed super reforms

Posted by on April 08, 2013 under Superannuation

Over the last three weeks there has been significant media commentary about mooted changes to the superannuation system.  Last Friday the Government ended speculation, and announced proposed changes to super that for most Australian’s is good news. What were the changes? Firstly, it must be sai…

Workplace Relations and Superannuation Updates

Posted by on January 17, 2013 under Superannuation

Workplace Relations and Superannuation Updates

"Stronger Superannuation" Changes

Posted by on October 18, 2012 under Superannuation

The purpose of the Government's “Stronger Super” reforms is to make the Australian superannuation system stronger and more efficient, and to help maximise retirement income for members. Legislation to implement the “Stronger Super” reforms has been progressively introduced since 2011. SMSF The r…

What you need to know about having TDP insurance through your super

Posted by on July 12, 2011 under Superannuation

What you need to know about having TDP insurance through your super

Making personal contributions to your super fund

Posted by on December 15, 2010 under Superannuation

If you are considering making additional contributions to your superannuation fund, retail or self managed, planning is required, planning is required to ensure you are able to qualify for any applicable tax deductions and also so you don’t exceed any contributions cap and are therefore liable to ad…

ATO stepping up to stop illegal access to superannuation

Posted by on November 17, 2010 under Superannuation

The existing superannuation rules are being circumvented when an individual rolls over their super benefits from an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated superannuation account to their own self-managed superannuation account (SMSF).

Reportable super contributions changes

Posted by on August 06, 2010 under Superannuation

For the 2009–10 income year and all future years, your reportable super contributions will affect the income tests for some tax offsets, deductions, concessions, the Medicare levy surcharge, and certain government benefits and obligations.

Self managed superannuation: Drawdown relief to be extended

Posted by on July 14, 2010 under Superannuation

An update on self managed superannuation (SMSF) and the extension of the drawdown relief

Update: Reportable Employer Super Contributions

Posted by on May 12, 2010 under Superannuation

Information on the changes to reportable employer super contributions