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The Money Edge provides a variety of consulting services delivered by a proactive, experienced and knowledgeable team.
With such a range of services The Money Edge’s team of highly skilled and qualified staff can assist you to visualise how our services complement each other in order to help you make, save, manage, protect and grow your money to help you to achieve your desired lifestyle.
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- Going through a separation or divorce raises a lot of questions. One of these relates to money. Given you’re likely to hInstead of waiting for a partner, women are taking charge of their own financial future and buying property on their ownWhen you’re having a baby it’s normal to focus on the practical aspects of preparing for the arrival of a newborn. In faHow often do you speak with your Accountant? Surprisingly enough, the answer is usually not often enough. While thereThe Australian Tax Office have announced that they will be cross referencing Insurance Policies for Luxury Lifestyle AssThey say every great journey starts with a single step – and yours is just beginning. Here’s how to get on the path to fWhether you’re considering residential aged care for yourself, a family member or a friend, the options can seem overwheBe SMART. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. Each goal should have a realistic dIf you haven’t figured out your lifestyle goals for the future your financial strategy is like a journey without a destiWorking part-time can give you the freedom to make the most out of both your professional and personal life – but you neThe CGT improvement threshold is $145,401 for the 2016/17 income year, up from $143,392 for 2015/16.The benchmark interest rate for 2016/17, for the purposes of the deemed dividend provisions of Div.7A, is 5.40% (down frThe reasonable amount for overtime meal allowance expenses for 2016/17, where an allowance is paid under an award, orderThe ATO has determined that the rate at which work-related motor vehicle expense deductions may be calculated using theThe ATO has released the latest benchmarks for small business based on the data from 2014 income tax returns and businesThe ATO is concerned that those earning money from the ‘sharing economy’ may not realise they have to declarThe ATO is reminding Australians to be on the lookout for tax-related scams during tax time, as scammers are particularlNow that the government has been re-elected, it seems they are committed to proceeding with their superannuation policy,Online payments have grown to become the preferred method for individuals and businesses alike over the past 10 years, wIn attempt to simplify and streamline rules surrounding superannuation contributions, the recent Federal Budget has propAustralians families are changing and so are their financial needs. It’s no secret that Australia’s population is growinAs the Baby Boomers continue to move into retirement, a national discussion about the economic challenges of our ageingEthical investing has gone from backwater to mainstream over the past decade, as Australians discover they can make theAre your invoices being paid on time? If not, this can play havoc on your cashflow and cause major flow on effects to yoAs a woman who’d like to grow your wealth and save for the future, do you sometimes feel that it’s impossible to get aheWith only days to go until the 30 June SuperStream deadline, the ATO noted that, while many small businesses had implemeThe ATO is reminding taxpayers who earn income through the sharing economy that they have tax obligations they should coThe ATO is allowing SMSF trustees additional time until 31 January 2017 to ensure that any limited recourse borrowing arThe ATO has provided an update of the amounts it will accept for 2015/16 as estimates of the value of goods taken from tThe car limit is $57,581 for the 2016/17 (up from $57,466 for the previous year). This amount provides a limit on depreThe ATO has published the 2016 September quarter rates for the General Interest Charge (GIC) and the Shortfall InterestWith Tax Time 2016 just around the corner, the ATO has stated it will be paying close attention to excessive interest exWhat next? Against the run of the opinion polls and the betting markets in the final few days before the vote, the peoplWith the end of financial year fast approaching now is a good time to focus on making sure you have everything ready forSmartphones and apps have made it easier than ever to help us track our financial progress and make informed decisions oDo you store your receipts in a shoebox for your Bookkeeper or Accountant? Why not scan all your dockets and receipts anAre you a keyboard pressing ninja and prefer to navigate around in just a couple of buttons? MYOB Accountright live canThe ATO is reminding the public to be alert to scammers impersonating the ATO demanding iTunes gift cards as a form of tWith the 30 June 2016 deadline looming, the ATO strongly encourages small businesses to get on board with SuperStream asThe ATO has been working on ways to deliver a simpler business activity statement (BAS) to simplify account set-up, recoIn recent years, the ATO has focused on trusts developing and selling properties as part of their normal business. WhenFrom 1 July 2011, SMSF investments in collectables and personal-use assets have been subject to stricter rules than SMSFThe government handed down the 2016/17 Federal Budget on Tuesday 3rd May. It included (among many changes) proposed persAccounting is done best when one file contains all necessary transactions for a financial year; 1 July to 30 June. WhenDespite protest from the agricultural industry, the backpacker tax rate has been increased in the federal budget to a flAre you thinking of selling a property? Before you do, you need to know if there are any Capital Gains Tax (or CGT) implWe plan ahead for annual holidays and even public holidays but often we don’t consider how we can plan ahead to reduce oThe ATO has advised that it is continuing its Contractor payments data matching program. It will acquire data from businFrom 1 July 2016, new rules will apply to sales of taxable Australian property (e.g., real estate) with a market value oThe ATO has advised that it has identified some instances where lifestyle assets, such as artworks and collectables, areEach year, the ATO identifies industries that they believe are at risk of not meeting their super guarantee obligationsWith the SuperStream deadline of 30 June rapidly approaching, ATO Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran says now is the tAs part of an ongoing, Australia-wide program, the ATO has advised that it will be visiting restaurants, cafés and take-Clients may have recently heard something about an unknown source who has leaked 11.5 million documents from the PanamanWhen giving a payslip to a casual employee, the base rate of pay and the casual loading amounts need to be listed separaSalary sacrifice arrangements – it might be better to claim the deduction personally. Those with higher account baWhat You Need To Know Last night, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the Federal Budget for the 2016-17 financWhile the prospect of retirement is exciting for most, the changes it brings can be a shock. In the previous edition ofAs Australians brace for a federal election, all eyes will be on the polls – and the economy. A slump in the resources sSince 2007 in certain circumstance Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) have been able to borrow money from relatedWith the June 30 deadline fast approaching there are several tools that will enable you to be compliant and be able to lThe short answer is yes, but the rules have become more strict. New rules regarding storage and insurance for collectablThere has been some media speculation in the lead up to the Federal Budget about potential changes to superannuation rulThe ATO says that the 2013/14 data is now available for the ‘Small business benchmarks’. The ATO uses theseBasically, the ‘backpacker tax’, as announced, would see backpackers who work in the agricultural industry dThe ATO is warning trustees of SMSFs who hold investments in collectables* or personal-use assets*, acquired before 1 JuThe ATO has issued a timely reminder before the end of the financial year on the changes announced in last year’sIn 2012 a new law passed which established a new national register which has become the final authority for securities cThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has increased their scrutiny of all businesses and therefore we have seen a recordDon’t stress, there is still time to get your FBT sorted before you the ATO decides to conduct and audit! We are alwaysYou are one year out from retirement. Here are five steps to take now to ensure you’re ready. The last 12 months beforeWith International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8th, this month we focus in on the successes and learnings of a femalThe ATO has advised that they will begin cancelling the ABNs of approximately 220,000 trusts, where there is evidence thFor decades Australians have expected that they will live a better life than the generation before them but that might aAnybody interested in growing and protecting retirement wealth can learn important lessons from the investment strategyIn a recent case, a taxpayer undertook significant trades on the stock exchange and made losses, but was still found toAn employer cannot claim an input tax credit where it pays an expense on behalf of a superannuation fund, as the supplyParliament recently passed legislation amending the taxation law to impose withholding obligations on the purchasers ofThe ATO has advised that it will collect information from the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the following benefOn 1 January every year I wake up with this amazing feeling in my belly, some may call it butterflies, but really it’s tLast week some of our team members went to the Xero Roadshow. These are some of the new features that our Xero users canThe ATO has advised that foreigners who own land in Australia now have until 29 February 2016 to come forward and registThe ATO has published the 2016 March quarter rates for the General Interest Charge (GIC) and the Shortfall Interest CharA taxpayer’s claim that a related trust was entitled to the small business 15-year exemption* was rejected becauseThe ATO has reminded taxpayers that, in relation to claiming car expenses, the one-third of actual expenses method and 1The ATO has advised that, for people affected by the recent Victorian and Western Australian bushfires, refunds will beThe ATO has just announced that it is starting a new “asset” data matching protocol, and extending another CTo be able to claim deductions for the expenses of having a rental property it needs to be made available in the eyes ofWhen you own a rental property you can claim deductions for certain expenses.These expenses can only are only deductibleIn recent weeks we have discussed whether you can claim your car and ways in which you can claim your business related tNow we asked a few weeks ago… “Can I claim my car?” If you answered yes there are certain ways that thYou may think this is a silly question but it may include amounts you are not aware of. Rental or other rental related iIt’s the festive season and many people are planning their Christmas party for their staff. While we believe it is impoThe end of 2015 is fast approaching, almost at the speed of light it feels. With the end of every year, there is reflecThe Department of Immigration and Border Protection will provide the ATO with the following details of visa holders, theThe Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, which can resolve disputes between large superannuation funds and their members,The ATO has advised that it is contacting businesses in the building and construction industry about information provideAs the SuperStream rollout for small businesses continues, the ATO claims that it is helping employers in select industrThe ATO has reminded taxpayers that, from 1 July 2015, a new two-tier company tax system took effect and applies to allWe all know that superannuation is due on the 28th day after each financial quarter. So you’ll pay the October – DecembWith Tax laws changing all the time it is sometimes difficult to know what you can and can’t claim. Sometimes what youWhether you have a iphone, ipad or android you will have an app that you just can’t live without. With the every improvThe perfect retirement revolves around getting three things right – the financial, the emotional and the practical. FiguDon’t let the Christmas holidays undo your great work throughout the year. Be aware of spending patterns to turn silly sIn a recent speech, Kasey Macfarlane, Assistant Commissioner, SMSF Segment, Superannuation, discussed the issues facingThe ATO has advised that it will be visiting restaurants, cafés and take-aways in Box Hill (Melbourne) over the coming mThere are laws protecting consumers from unfair terms in ‘standard form contracts’ where the person has littThe ATO has announced that it has undertaken its first ever automatic sharing of bank information with the United StatesSince 1 July this year, a new Serious Financial Crime Taskforce has been operating to ensure that Commonwealth financialThe ATO has announced that it will acquire online selling data relating to between 15,000 and 25,000 individuals who solFrom 1 July this year, new provisions apply to allow certain small businesses, or an entity that is not in business, toThe ATO have issued an information sheet setting out how phone and internet expenses can be claimed. To be able to substEveryday I see a new blog on #tagging. How to use it, how many to use, the best tags….. The list goes on and on and on!November will see our team members each go without one of their most desired items in life in an attempt to raise moneyThe ATO has published the 2015 December quarter rates for the General Interest Charge (GIC) and the Shortfall Interest CThe ATO has advised that practitioners and their clients can opt to pay GST quarterly, and only report annually. This opThe ATO has issued an information sheet to help taxpayers get their property valuations right. They say that practitioneThe ATO has announced that it will conduct a data-matching program on credit and debit card transactions for the 2012/13The ATO has advised that it is sending letters to taxpayers in approximately 500 postcodes across Australia, reminding tIn a similar fashion, the New Zealand government has issued a discussion paper, entitled “GST: Cross border servicThe (now former) Treasurer recently announced that the States and Territories had unanimously agreed in principle to red