What Labor’s changes to the dividend imputation system mean

There has been much discussion about the dividend imputation system in recent weeks as the government and the opposition play political tennis with franking credits.

On 13th March, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced Labor’s plan to change the dividend imputation system if they win the next federal election. The changes would make franking credits non-refundable and, Labor claims, save the budget $59 billion over the decade to 2028-29.

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Welcome Matthew McConnell, Senior Financial Adviser

We are thrilled to welcome another highly skilled adviser to our team!

Matthew McConnell joins us as a Senior Financial Adviser. Based in our Devonport office, he will provide financial planning services to our clients throughout Tasmania.

“I am looking forward to helping Synectic’s clients identify and achieve their personal, family and business goals. It’s important to me that I provide clients with information to clearly understand their options. Synectic provides a great match for this service philosophy”.

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2017-18 Federal Budget: Superannuation

Despite no major new superannuation measures in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, the Government continues to tinker with Superannuation rules. In particular, the introduction of the $300K additional non-concessional contribution for older downsizers creates an exception to the recently-introduced Total Superannuation Balance $1.6m cap, and the concessions for first home-buyers to use super to save for a deposit sends mixed messages about the purpose of superannuation.

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2017-18 Federal Budget: Housing affordability and supply

Housing affordability has been one of the major components of this year’s Federal Budget, which featured a comprehensive package of tax and superannuation measures aimed at increasing housing availability and improving affordability. The government has also reigned in tax breaks enjoyed by many residential property investors in the hope of providing Australians with confidence that tax concessions are correctly targeted. These measures will be complemented by a number of supply-side initiatives including the release of Commonwealth land and housing supply targets.

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Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme changes: What they mean for Tasmanian farmers

The Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme allows farmers to set aside primary production income in years of high income, to draw on in leaner years. The deposits are an excellent cash flow planning tool and an important strategy for primary producers to consider in their tax planning. They help farmers build up cash reserves while smoothing fluctuating income, maximising profits and minimising tax liabilities.

Effective 1 July 2016, the government introduced several amendments to the FMD scheme. The changes give farmers more flexibility in managing their businesses and mean that FMDs should be back on the table during the upcoming tax planning season.  In this article we look at two of the changes that we see as particularly relevant to our Tasmanian farming community.

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Superannuation reforms – what they will mean for you

The Australian Government finally had most of its 2016 budget measures on superannuation pass through Parliament on 23 November, following a tortuous process of negotiation with the cross-benches. Most of these changes to Australia’s superannuation system will take effect from 1 July 2017.

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Federal Budget signals significant changes to superannuation

The Turnbull Government’s Federal Budget, delivered on 3rd May 2017, included the most significant structural changes to the Australian superannuation system since compulsory superannuation was first introduced. Pre-budget speculation had anticipated many changes, however some have gone much further than anticipated.

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7 SMSF trustee responsibilities you must understand

Running your own self-managed super fund (SMSF) can provide a great means of managing your retirement savings, with the potential for more control, greater choice and lower costs. In fact, more than one million Australians are now members of an SMSF.

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When can your SMSF benefits be paid?

The money put aside in your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is, of course, intended to be kept to fund the retirement of you and your fellow fund members. The over-riding obligation of you as trustee is to adhere to this “sole purpose” test.

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How does SuperStream affect your SMSF?

SuperStream is part of the Government’s Stronger Super initiative and introduces a more efficient method of sending superannuation payments and associated information in the superannuation system. Measures have been progressively coming into place since July 2014.

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