Retirement Advice

Retirement is no time to go on automatic pilot

There is a tendency, once people retire, and have their lump sum invested or an annuity in place, to think that they won’t really need professional financial advice. What we can tell you from experience, is that the exact opposite is true. We find that we actually spend much more time looking after the needs … Continued

Tips for a smarter Will

Time to take action for a worry-free retirement

As another year draws to a close we reflect on the events and changes we have seen and how life seems to pass by more quickly every year. For those of us approaching or in retirement, it’s a great time to take stock of your situation and make some decisive moves for a more secure … Continued

Year-End Checklist of Critical Financial Issues

Is everything secure before your holiday break?

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to relaxing with family and friends and perhaps getting away from it all. If you are going away you no doubt take care to lock the doors and windows, organise for mail and garbage bins to be checked and neighbours notified. But have you secured everything? There may … Continued

family-protection

Review your risk

With the festive season here, you may looking forward to enjoying what we can only hope will be a glorious summer of sunshine, friends, family, food and time in the great outdoors. If you are planning long lazy days to recharge your batteries in preparation for the new year, it might also be a good … Continued

Smart Spending and Saving Tips

Making the most of your bonus!

At this time of the year, some of us are fortunate enough to be in ‘bonus’ discussions with our employer. If you are gearing up to receive a bonus this year, there is certainly no shortage of possibilities of what to do with it. Save or splurge? Christmas is just around the corner as is … Continued

Changes in Pension

Don’t get caught offside when the pension rules change

The commencement of 2017 will see some significant changes to means testing for Social Security pensions (including the Age Pension). Uncertainty around income can be unsettling for those receiving a pension or considering retirement. That’s why it’s important to understand if and how you might be impacted by the new rules so that you can … Continued

Fringe Benefit Tax Rules

Fringe Benefit Tax Rules

With the legislative changes for FBT implemented as  of 1 April 2016, it is important to get familiar with the new regulations. Some modifications have been made to salary sacrificed meal entertainment and entertainment facility leasing expense benefits, which may affect you. Some of the changes will affect all employers, whereas others will affect non-profit employers as … Continued

Workplace Productivity Tips

7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity

The success of any business, large or small, depends largely on nurturing an efficient, productive workplace. While improving employee productivity should be always be a priority when the ultimate goal is a sustainable and profitable business, the process is easier said than done. Below are some of the most effective methods of managing a productive, … Continued

Tax Effective Property Investment Strategy

Buyers to Withhold Tax for ATO When Buying Certain Properties

Parliament recently passed legislation amending the taxation law to impose withholding obligations on the purchasers of certain Australian assets – generally property purchased from a non-resident.  However, the changes will affect most purchases of property in Australia. The amendments impose a 10% withholding obligation on purchasers of ‘Taxable Australian Real Property’ (generally, this means an … Continued

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Holiday Homes: All You Need to Know

If you own a holiday home, it is important that it is treated correctly for taxation purposes. Here is a guide to the taxation implications of your holiday home. Holiday homes that are not rented out do not need to be included in your tax return, until you sell it. You must keep records from … Continued

Tax Deduction Claims in Australia

How To Claim Tax Deductions in Australia

It’s heartbreaking to think how much of your salary goes to tax, right? I believe every income earner feels the same. Of course, you would want to keep more of the money that you’ve earned and pay lesser tax as much as possible. But paying taxes is the law. More so, it is our obligation. … Continued

Smart Retirement Planning

Are you on track to enjoy your retirement?

For many people, the decision around when to retire can be one of the most exciting, yet daunting, times of their lives. There are a number of strategies you can employ now, whatever your age, that may help you fulfil your retirement dreams. When should I retire? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer, as the … Continued

Estate Planning Advice

Estate Planning – from my own experience

Matthew McCabe, Financial Adviser, Judge Financial Planning Over 4 years ago, I lost one of my closest friends. Scott was a diesel mechanic in the mines, on good money and with the world at his feet. He supported his fiancé and her three kids, like they were his own. He was an extraordinary man. They had planned to wed … Continued

aged-care

Understanding Aged Care

Matthew McCabe, Financial Planner and Retirement Specialist at Judge Financial Planning The emotional and financial upheaval of moving a family member into residential aged care is a daunting experience. If the complexities involved seem overwhelming, then perhaps our professional advice can help. There is a maze of legislation, entitlements and Centrelink assessments to contend with, … Continued

Age Pension Changes

After being first announced in the 2015 Federal Budget, there are some changes to the age pension that will come into effect on 1 January 2017. Here Matthew McCabe from Judge Financial Planning looks at what an increase or decrease in pension will mean, especially those that could have their pension entitlement removed completely. What … Continued

Property Updates in NSW

Property Update – September 2016

When it comes to markets, the basics are supply and demand, however these all-encompassing terms are nuanced. Depending on your location or property type, the factors that drive demand can be wide and varied. The team at ‘Herron Todd White’ provide an insight on what drives demand in their particular patches. Sydney The factors that … Continued

Super

Superannuation changes

Following on from proposed superannuation changes announced in the Federal Budget in May 2016, the Government has just announced the following amendments;The proposed $500,000 lifetime non-concessional cap will be replaced by a new measure to reduce the existing annual non-concessional contributions cap from $180,000 per year to $100,000 per year; Opportunity: This does not come into … Continued

Judge Personal Wealth Portal

Judge Personal Wealth Portal

We support a plethora of clients from a range of differing backgrounds. We have seen over the years that when clients come to us for advice, they find it difficult to account for where all their wealth is, where their wealth has gone, or what their wealth is invested in. To support our clients, we … Continued

Business Protection Advice

Successful Small Businesses

International research has suggested that the following characteristics consistently play a role in successful small businesses: 1. Owners leading by example The owner or manager leads by example. He or she is usually the first to arrive, the last to leave. The owner knows everyone by name and their presence is obvious. They show a … Continued

Redundancy Planning

Redundancy planning

Redundancy can be a traumatic event. It’s a challenge emotionally and financially and there are some big decisions required to help you make the most of your redundancy payout and get in control of your life and future direction. Making the wrong decision can be costly The truth is that many people can become overwhelmed … Continued

Business Benchmarking and Performance Review

Writing Performance Reviews

The performance review has become a rite of passage in the business world, yet many managers and employees fail to make the most of the opportunities these important discussions can provide. When used successfully, the annual review process can provide managers with insight into everything from employee perception of the company to ways to make … Continued

Budget Update

Budget Update

Judge Accountants Federal Budget Update The 2016 Budget was always going to be interesting. On one hand, the Government wished to use this Budget as their policy platform for the coming election and on the other hand, a budget deficit exists that needs to eventually be reduced.  We have a summary of the budget on our … Continued

Federal Budget Update

The Federal Budget

The 2016 Budget was always going to be interesting. On one hand the Liberal Party wished to use this Budget as their policy platform for the coming election, and on the other hand, a budget deficit exists that needs to be eventually reduced. This Budget achieves its objectives of providing a few tax ‘perks’, whilst also increasing taxes … Continued