If you are looking for a gift this coming summer, here is a present we do not suggest: a wallet or a purse. One day soon, carrying physical money will be a very unusual thing to do.
This week we came across an interesting little read from Fidelity International, an international fund manager. Their article examined the composition of Australian household wealth as of the end of 2020, which is about as recent as the data gets when it comes to this kind of thing.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme, or NDIS is an insurance scheme that funds supports to people with a permanent disability. The idea is that those supports work to reduce or remove things that disable a person. It is currently helping almost 450,000 people, so it affects a lot of us either directly or indirectly.
In recent articles we've explored the personal and general reasons why many Australians choose not to sell their family home as they move into and through retirement. In this article, we look at ways that make keeping a family home easier once you stop working.
You will often hear it said that the family home is a tax-free investment. This reflects the fact that there is no capital gains tax paid on your principal residence when you sell it. But capital gains tax is only part of the story. There is more than one way for tax to be incurred, and an often-overlooked tax might be partly the reason for the current boom in house prices.
As the financial year draws to an end, there is still time to talk to your tax adviser about minimizing your tax bill for 2020/21. As a way of reminding you, we thought we would spend some time looking at who pays tax in Australia – and how much they earn before doing so!