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Rental property tax deductions you can and can’t claim

Rental property tax deductions you can and can’t claim The end of financial year is a busy time for property investors to review their investments and put together their receipts ready to lodge tax returns.             Take a look at the list below and seek legal and financial advice from qualified professionals, to ensure you claim exactly what you are entitled to.   What you can’t claim Expenses you cannot claim include: Those relating to your personal use of the rental property Utility bills paid by the tenant Borrowing costs where you have borrowed against the equity in the investment […]

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How do I use property to fund my retirement?

With interest rates at all-time record lows, property has recently become very attractive to a wider range of investors. The media is full of articles and commentaries talking about using property to help fund retirement, with many even talking about it as a means to completely replace an employment income so they can quit work early. Whilst property investment has a proven track record as being a comparatively safe way to build wealth for the future, is it really possible to use property as a means of finding financial freedom and funding your retirement? And if so, how do you […]

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Will the Government Decide how your Assets are distributed when you die?

From our experience, dying without a will can cause significant issues in resolving your estate & the distribution of your assets. Most people don’t know that if you die without one, the government in the state in which you live will determine how your estate is divided up. That means they can distribute assets to beneficiaries that you did not want to receive the asset & loved ones may miss out. Is this what you want to see happen??? Dying ‘intestate’ – the legal term for dying without a valid will – could mean that you don’t get to choose […]

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‘Refinancing – Is your Equity working for you??’

Research shows nearly half of all Australian homeowners have never refinanced. That means that many homeowners are paying way too much for their loan & most likely they are in loans that are not suitable for their individual situation. What’s worse is that many homeowners have equity in their homes that is sitting idle not earning anything. This is a costly mistake & will significantly impact your available funds at retirement. Gone are the days when we stayed with the same loan or lender for the full term of a home loan – the mortgage market is now very competitive […]

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When all’s said and done, retiring isn’t easy!

Life might be all golf and relaxing by the pool in the beginning – but not if your money runs out! National Seniors Australia(a not-for-profit organisation with over 200,000 members over 50) released research on the 8th March 2018 showing Australians were living longer, but many were failing to plan for it.  “Earnings from 40 to 50 years of work may have to cover 80 to 90 years of life, but medical and aged care bills tend to get higher as we get older and few people are ready for this,” Research Director Professor John McCallum said. Prof. McCallum said identifying practical […]

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