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Taking care of business when disaster strikes

Taking care of business when disaster strikes

Team Maddern
04/May/2017
When Cyclone Debbie swept across Queensland and Northern NSW in March 2017, the damage to homes, farms and businesses ran into the billions. But while the initial focus has been on the damage to buildings, crops and infrastructure, business owners also face a loss of income until repairs are complete and they can resume normal […]
Greater choice in home care

Greater choice in home care

Team Maddern
27/Apr/2017
When loved ones become frail and elderly, families may feel that moving them into a retirement home is their only option. But that’s no longer the case. Recent changes to home care provision funding now give older people more choice and control over the type of assistance they can receive if they want to keep […]
Tax and the super afterlife

Tax and the super afterlife

Team Maddern
20/Apr/2017
Death and taxes are never pleasant topics to think about, but a little careful consideration now could save the people who will inherit your superannuation savings a big tax bill. Many people assume there’s no tax payable on super death benefits, and in some circumstances this will be the case. But tax may be payable […]
A helping hand for small business

A helping hand for small business

Team Maddern
14/Apr/2017
It is universally acknowledged that operating a small business can be a risky and lonely enterprise, although if you are running your own show you’ll also be aware that it can be a rewarding one. If it does sometimes feel as if you’re waging a one-person battle against an indifferent world, there is help available. […]
Australian economy: still going strong

Australian economy: still going strong

Team Maddern
06/Apr/2017
Australia, take a bow. We are on the brink of overtaking the Netherlands’ record for the longest period without a recession and very close to pulling off an even greater feat. Not only have we survived the end of an extraordinary mining boom without going bust, but the economy is showing signs of renewed growth. […]
Using tax for effective property investing

Using tax for effective property investing

Team Maddern
30/Mar/2017
With Australian property remaining expensive and banks tightening their lending criteria, investors need to ensure their property investments are a financial success. A key element is maximising the taxation benefits flowing from your investment. This includes correctly structuring the loan and ensuring your deduction claims don’t fall foul of the tax man. Getting the structure […]
The cost of hobbies

The cost of hobbies

Team Maddern
23/Mar/2017
In modern times, hobbies have become an essential part of life. This sounds a bit weird, since by definition, they’re activities that you choose to do for yourself. Since the advent of the eight hour day and the rise in average wealth in Australia, it’s got to the point where having a passion outside your […]
How to make retirement less taxing

How to make retirement less taxing

Team Maddern
16/Mar/2017
Planning your retirement isn’t just about what you are going to do once you stop work. It’s also about planning the actual process to make the most of your accumulated wealth. This includes tax planning. After all, the less tax you pay, the more you can spend on the things that matter most to you […]
Countdown to super deadline

Countdown to super deadline

Team Maddern
06/Mar/2017
The clock is ticking for investors who want to take advantage of the more generous tax concessions available in super this financial year. As of July 1, new rules come into effect that will reduce contribution limits. Until then, individuals under 65 can make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution of up to $540,000 under the bring-forward […]
How to achieve early retirement

How to achieve early retirement

Team Maddern
21/Feb/2017
Spending more time with your family. Picking up a brand new hobby. Exploring exotic destinations for longer than your scant weeks of annual leave would allow. However you paint it, retirement is a beautiful goal to work towards. And starting early means you’ve got more time and energy to enjoy it. Early retirement has become […]