Tax Strategies

Minimising your tax can maximise your overall goals

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It is important to understand the various strategies available to assist you in managing your tax obligations. Using different tax minimisation strategies, we can work with you in ensuring that your investments are done in a tax efficient manner to get the maximum output. This will ensure that you can utilise the savings you make to drive your goals towards your future financial freedom. There are four main structures to assist in better managing tax obligations. Each of these structures have their benefits and disadvantages to consider. 
 

Investing in your personal names

This structure is the most flexible structure but also the most taxed structure. Growing wealth in your personal names could see you pay the highest marginal tax rate, currently at 45% plus Medicare levies depending on the level of income you earn.

 

Advantages

  • Flexibility with what you can invest in

  • Ease of access to investment funds with little to no restrictions

  • Expenses can be offset against personal income

  • Some assets may be exempt from capital gains tax

 

Disadvantages

  • Highest marginal tax rate could apply

  • Limited opportunities to explore tax minimisation and asset protection strategies

  • It may be too simple for complicated family and individual circumstances.

Trusts

Using a trust in growing your wealth could be beneficial to you depending on your circumstances. You must understand that the trust itself – although can hold income – must distribute any net income and net capital gain to beneficiaries to ensure it remains tax efficient.  

 

Why you may consider a trust

  • A trust can provide you with asset protection.

  • A trust can separate the control of an asset from the owner of the asset. This could be useful for protecting assets of a vulnerable people such as young people, disabled people or family units

  • Trusts are very flexible for tax purposes. You can direct the distribution of income and capital gains to specific beneficiaries to better manage tax

  • Beneficiaries of a trust are generally not liable for the trust debts, unlike your personal names

  • Tax is paid at beneficiaries’ marginal tax rates except if net income is held within the trust.

 

 

Disadvantages of a trust

  • Trusts are complex in nature and must be set up properly. There are potentially high costs in setting up and running one.

  • Assets are held and controlled by the Trustee for the benefit of the beneficiaries. The rules and conditions are all controlled by a Trust deed.

  • Investment losses cannot be passed on to beneficiaries as it is the case with individuals

  • Any income retained in the trust is subject to the highest marginal tax rates.

 

 

Companies

Depending on your personal circumstances, growing wealth through a company structure could present its benefits. However, as a company is a legal entity on its own, it presents some significant restrictions and you may not be able to easily use cash for your personal purposes.

 

Advantages of a company

  • Companies have shareholders and the liability for shareholders are limited to the company.

  • You are easily able to transfer ownership by selling shares

  • Companies can retain profits and income for expansion and not be subject to penalty tax rates

 

Disadvantages

  • Companies are complex structures and can be expensive to establish, run and dissolve.

  • Directors can be liable for the company’s debts in certain cases.

  • Your finances can be available for public consumption. You have limited privacy with your finances

 

 

 

Superannuation

Using superannuation as a vehicle, could assist you in growing wealth in a tax efficient manner. We need to be mindful that superannuation has its own rules attached, making it extremely restrictive until you meet certain conditions allowing you access to your funds.

 

 

Advantages of Superannuation

  • Superannuation is concessionally taxed. Income earned is subject to a lower tax (usually 15%) in the accumulation phase and 0% in the pension phase

  • You can utilise superannuation to manage your tax liabilities in some cases.

  • The super environment can provide a wider range of investment opportunities for the right person.

  • Access to forced retirement savings to support retirement income

 

Disadvantages

  • Cannot be easily accessed until retirement or a condition of release.

  • Superannuation is very complex and if not used properly, could attract penalty taxes up to the highest marginal tax rates.

  • The superannuation system could be subject to political risk and can be quite restrictive.

 
 

General Advice Warning:  The information and material on this site is very general and may not relate to your personal situation.

We encourage you to talk to us about your specific situation before making any decisions based on this information.

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