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Let tax planning be more than just getting a bigger refund

Posted 2 May, 2016

It’s the last quarter of the financial year. It’s the best time to review your profits, estimate your tax bill and determine what you can do to get your tax bill as low as possible (or your refund as high as possible). 

While we all love spending money on what we need now, tax planning season is also an opportunity to claim a tax deduction for growing your wealth. With the right planning you will not only be getting money back, but you’ll be getting a return on the money you claim as a deduction.

Here’s 2 key areas for you to look at:

Making Contributions to your Super Fund

If you haven’t maximized your contributions to superannuation this year, make sure you do. By putting your money into super not only are you getting a tax deduction now but you are growing your retirement nest egg.

There is a limit to how much you can contribute to receive a deduction ($30,000 if you are less than 49 years old, $35,000 if you are older) so please come and see us to make sure you don’t exceed the cap.

Prepaying Interest on Investments

An important part of growing your wealth is leverage – borrowing money to invest in an asset of higher value. If you have a leveraged asset, consider pre-paying the interest for the next financial year.

If you have the cash available and you have had unusually high income for the year, a one-off prepayment might be what you need for some tax relief. Remember – if you prepay the interest this year, you can’t claim it next year.

Please come and see us first so we can go through the impact of prepaying your interest with you. Contact Bright Wealth today on 02 8324 2341 today to book in your tax planning meeting. 

General advice disclaimer

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