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PRE RETIREE

Goals focus on planning for a comfortable retirement and maximising super for retirement. The mortgage tends to be paid off or at a manageable level at this stage.

Watch the video below to learn more about this life stage.

 

 

BOOST YOUR SUPER

Would you like to start contributing more to your super?

Super can be one of the most effective ways to build a retirement nest egg. There are a range of ways you can increase your super contributions to boost your super savings.

Super contributions

When considering any super strategy, it's important to assess how much you are contributing to super in any one year. The government has set annual limits – known as contributions caps. Contributions over these caps are taxed at a hefty rate

What you need to know

  • Salary sacrifice allows you to make contributions to your super directly from your pre-tax pay. You do not pay income tax on salary sacrifice contributions which can represent a significant tax saving particularly if you are on the highest marginal tax rate.
  • Make an after-tax contribution (also known as non-concessional contributions) from your after-tax money. This for example, could include funds you receive from an inheritance, the sale of an asset or a gift.
  • If you are married or in a de facto relationship, you are permitted to transfer your super contributions from the previous financial year over to the super account of your partner. Boosting your spouse's super can reduce your family's annual tax bill.
  • You can get up to $500 tax free from when you make an additional contribution to your super if you are eligible for the government co-contribution scheme.

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • By providing advice to make sure your super strategy is effective
  • Boost your super using smart super strategies

 

MORTGAGE OR SUPER

Which should come first, mortgage or super?

Paying off your home loan signals an important landmark in your financial life. However, it is always important to consider alternative investment strategies. Sometimes the best strategy may not be the most obvious.

Super contributions caps

When considering any super strategy, it's important to assess how much you are contributing to super in any one year. The government has set annual limits – known as contributions caps. Contributions over these caps are taxed at a hefty rate.

What you need to know

Most people still believe that they are better off putting surplus money into their mortgage before investing elsewhere. However depending on your circumstances it may be more beneficial to salary sacrifice rather than make additional payments to your mortgage.

Salary sacrifice allows you to make contributions to your super directly from your pre-tax pay. You do not pay income tax on salary sacrifice contributions which can represent a significant tax saving particularly if you are on the highest marginal tax rate. And when you pay less tax, you have more money to invest which gives you the potential to increase your returns.

Getting started

Both the mortgage interest rate and earning rate within super are important variables to consider in any comparison between reducing debt and making before tax super contributions. It is important to be aware of how the outcome would change if the mortgage interest rate and/or the earning rate within super changed.

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Work out the most effective strategy for you
  • Boost your super using smart super strategies

 

PLAN YOUR RETIREMENT

What are the top 10 retirement mistakes people make?

When it comes having enough money for a comfortable retirement, planning is key. It's never too late to get your retirement plan in order.

What you need to know

Make sure you don't make the same mistake. The top 10 retirement mistakes people make:

  1. Failure to seek professional advice prior to retirement
  2. Investing inappropriately based on lack of understanding of risk and return
  3. Cashing out lump sum eligible termination payments inappropriately
  4. Failure to save enough pre-retirement
  5. Leaving assets in non-income producing investments
  6. Timing retirement ineffectively for tax or investment purposes
  7. Selling investments when market falls and buying in peak
  8. Investing inappropriately due to lack of understanding of asset classes and suitable allocation
  9. Expecting to maintain similar income level post-retirement
  10. Assuming will qualify for Age Pension

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Plan for your retirement
  • Boost your super using smart super strategies

 

DIY SUPER

Is an SMSF right for me?

Self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are an increasingly popular option for investors seeking greater control and flexibility of their superannuation. At the same time, you need to consider the wide–ranging reporting requirements and compliance obligations when deciding if an SMSF is right for you.

SMSF set up

While there is no statutory minimum required to set up an SMSF, you generally need a minimum of $200,000 of assets to make it cost effective. However, cost is only one consideration. Your obligations as an SMSF trustee are extensive.

What you need to know

Before deciding whether an SMSF is right for you it pays to consider the key advantages as well as the drawbacks of an SMSF.

Advantages

  • SMSFs provide a greater degree of control and flexibility over your investments, making them suitable for sophisticated investment and retirement strategies
  • Increased estate planning and retirement options
  • Potential for tax efficiencies

Drawbacks

Establishing and maintaining an SMSF involves:

  • Making time to effectively administer the fund and monitor its assets
  • Paying the costs of auditing, supervisory levies and day-to-day administration
  • Taking on the risk of penalties if the fund fails to comply

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Decide whether an SMSF is the right choice for you
  • Boost your super using smart super strategies

 

INSURING YOUR FUTURE

Did you know you could get paid even if you can't work?

With a family to look after, unforeseen events and a mortgage to manage you can't afford to be off work. If illness or injury stopped you from working for an extended period, could you keep paying your bills?

Prepare a will

A will not only looks after the distribution of your assets once you pass away, it can also be used to appoint a guardian for any children you have who are under 18 years of age

What you need to know

Taking out personal insurance can:

  • Give you peace of mind that if the unexpected occurs, you don't need to worry about money
  • Pay you up to up to 75% of your pre-tax salary if you take out income protection insurance
  • Help you focus on recovering physically and emotionally if the worst did happen

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Find the right insurance for your stage of life
  • Help you work out the level of cover you need
  • Advise you on taking out insurance through your super

 

PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY

Do you know who would get your super if you passed away?

Many people wrongly assume that their superannuation will pass to their beneficiaries according to their will. In fact, this will only happen if your estate is the recipient of your superannuation death benefit. Legally, your superannuation fund can pay your death benefit to your spouse, and any of your dependants or your estate, at its discretion.

Estate planning

If your assets are more complex and you would like to share your wealth with many loved ones, an estate plan is essential.

What you need to know

Many (although not all) superannuation funds allow you to override this situation by making what is known as a binding death benefit nomination. This is a written nomination made by you, which directs your superannuation fund on how to pay your death benefit. There are several types of death benefit nominations, including non-binding options.

As part of your estate plan, you also need to consider the taxation implications of how your death benefit is dealt with. Lump sum payments paid to dependants (as defined under income tax laws) are tax free. Taxable components paid to non-dependants are subject to tax.

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Put in place a death benefit nomination
  • Get started on your estate plan

 

MOVING INTO RETIREMENT

How can I ease into retirement and still meet my financial goals?

The years before you retire can be challenging. While you are probably looking forward to having more time to do the things you enjoy, you may not be ready to stop working. And many people are also concerned about whether or not they have saved enough super.

Accessing super contributions

By law, all super contributions are locked away or 'preserved' until you reach your preservation age. Your preservation age is based on your date of birth. Once you reach your preservation age, you can begin drawing a pre-retirement pension. You will need to check with your super fund as not all funds offer pre-retirement pensions.

What you need to know

Once you reach your 'preservation age', you may be able to draw pre-retirement pension – a regular income stream drawn from your super savings. With a pre-retirement pension you can put in place a transition to retirement strategy to help you ease into retirement and boost your super in a tax effective way:

  • You could reduce the number of hours you work and supplement your income with payments from your pre-retirement pension. This would give you more time to do the things you want, while maintaining your lifestyle
  • Or you could continue working full-time but take advantage of the potential tax concessions on offer to boost your super balance. For example, you might keep working full-time while drawing a pre-retirement pension from your super balance. You could then salary sacrifice to super the same amount, or more. This would maintain your after-tax income while reducing

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A Count adviser can help you:

  • Plan for your retirement
  • Put in place a transition to retirement strategy

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Important information:  The information on this web page is not advice and is intended to provide general information only. It does not take into account your individual needs, objectives or personal circumstances. You should consider talking to a financial adviser before making a financial decision. JSA Accounting is an Authorised Representative of Count Financial Ltd ABN 19 001 974 625 AFSL No. 227232 which is 85% owned by CountPlus Limited ABN 111 26 990 832 (CountPlus) of Level 17, 1 Margaret Street, Sydney 2000 NSW and 15% owned by Count Member Firm Pty Ltd ACN 633 983 490 of Level 17, 1 Margaret Street, Sydney 2000 NSW. CountPlus is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Count Member Firm Pty Ltd is owned by Count Member Firm DT Pty Ltd ACN 633 956 073 which holds the assets under a discretionary trust for certain beneficiaries including potentially some corporate authorised representatives of Count Financial Ltd. 

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