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BEWARE OF WHO YOU SHARE YOUR BENEFITS WITH

Where some businesses have tripped up in the past is where the source of benefits provided is not clear cut - that is, where non-cash components of remuneration are sourced not directly from an employer, but from an associate, a related company or from a third-party provider.
           
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STARTING OUT IN BUSINESS? YOU MAY BE ABLE TO USE SIMPLER TRADING STOCK RULES         

If you are operating a small business and at the end of the income year you estimate that your trading stock's value has not changed by more than $5,000, remember (especially if you are new to business) that you can choose not to conduct a formal stocktake.
                        
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VALUATIONS AND YOUR SMSF

The days of a lax approach to valuations are over.

While there is not always the need to employ a qualified independent valuer for each valuation, there are important circumstances where it is mandated, and others where it is recommended. Where one is not used then appropriate documentation needs to be kept of how valuations were determined. Back-of-the-envelope or simply made-up valuations will not suffice.

                        
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INVESTING: GROWTH VS INCOME

Every investor goes in with dreams of a pot of gold, but there is a fundamental difference between investor types - one looks to line their pockets with investment returns along the way, and the other has the patience to wait until the end of the rainbow to reap the rewards.

The distinction between investing for growth or investing for income should not be seen as a 'them or us' battle. Rather, investing for growth or investing for income will depend on the personal circumstances of the individual.                                                             

         
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FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS

 
Insurance – protect your most valuable asset

How would your family or loved ones cope if you suffered an accident or illness? Would you be able to survive a forced retirement? Nearly a third of Australians over the age of 45 retire early due to ill health.  You have worked hard to support your family and have built up a healthy level of savings. A serious injury or illness could put these life savings and retirement plans in jeopardy.

Australians insure their homes and cars, often with barely a second thought, but only a minority protect themselves and their loved ones should something happen to them. In fact, we're one of the most under-insured countries in the developed world with many families suffering financially if something happened to one of the breadwinners.

Let us help protect you and your loved ones. Contact us today to arrange a complimentary meeting to discuss your personal life insurance needs.

·         How much cover do I need?

·         Should I hold insurance inside or outside of super?

·         Stepped vs level premiums?

·         Any vs own occupation?

·         I'm paying a large premium now, do I need to be?

·         I've got existing cover in my super but don't know if it's appropriate?

·         I'm a SMSF trustee but haven't considered the insurance needs of the members.

Visit our website for more information or contact Erich or En to organise a introductory meeting.