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Overview You can access your super early in very limited circumstances, including to pay certain expenses on compassionate grounds, as well as terminal illness, incapacity and severe financial hardship. Access on compassionate grounds You may be allowed to withdraw your super early on compassionate grounds to pay for: medical treatment for you or your dependant...
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A pause in super contributions can have long-lasting effects. Here's how to plan ahead for super breaks. There’s a host of reasons why people take career breaks. Having and raising children, or taking an extended holiday or sabbatical, are the most common reasons. Vanguard’s 2023 How Australia Retires study, based on a survey of more...
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Understand the rules, costs and risks of setting up an self-managed super fund (SMSF) to invest in residential property. Self-managed super fund property rules You can only buy property through your SMSF if you comply with the rules. The property must: meet the 'sole purpose test' of solely providing retirement benefits to fund members not...
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Many women will need to do more to build up their super balances by the time they retire. There’s a plethora of data showing women, on average, earn less than males and have lower superannuation balances. The federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) released its latest gender pay gap update on 27 February, revealing...
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With ample time left before 30 June, now could be a good time to catch up on super. The early part of each year is often a good time to review your investing strategy for the calendar year ahead and beyond. And, with less than six months to go before 30 June, it’s also a...
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Consolidating your super means moving all your super into one account. It makes your super easier to manage, and saves on fees. Before you consolidate, pick the best super fund for you. You can transfer your super for free in a few simple steps. If you're ready to consolidate your super now, go straight to...
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As the end of financial year gets closer, some investors are thinking about the most effective ways to boost their super balance, particularly with an increase in the caps on contributions from 1 July. The concessional contributions cap, which is the maximum in before-tax contributions you can add to your super each year without paying...
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The much debated tax on superannuation balances over $3 million is inching closer and those who may be affected should ensure they have considered the implications. Although it is not yet law, the Division 296 tax should be taken into account when it comes to investment strategy and planning, particular in relation to any end-of-financial-year...
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A self-managed super fund (SMSF) is a private super fund that you manage yourself. SMSFs are different to industry and retail super funds. When you manage your own super, you put the money you would normally put in a retail or industry super fund into your own SMSF. You choose the investments and the insurance....
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Overview If your relationship with your spouse ends, you should be aware of what can happen to the super entitlements of you both. The Family Court and super-splitting laws generally enable super interests (accounts in super funds) or super payments (pensions or annuities) to be split by agreement or court order if a relationship breaks...
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