Now is the best time to start estate planning – here’s why

Let’s face it, nobody wants to think about what will happen to their family once they pass away, let alone talk about it. But the truth is, it’s easier for you and your family to make good decisions while you’re alive and well rather than after you’re gone.

Because we don’t know what life may throw our way, it’s never too early to start estate planning. Successful estate planning involves much more than making a will. Many factors need to be considered, such as tax planning, asset protection and what will happen with the funds in your superannuation and any insurance policies you have in place.

Estate planning according to your wishes

An effective estate plan will help to ensure your wishes are carried out just as you would like them to be. As a result, your beneficiaries will receive what you want them to, in the most cost-effective and tax-efficient manner.

Things to consider include:

  • Making sure your investments and superannuation are structured for the best returns
  • Ensuring adequate personal and asset protection insurances are in place
  • Confirming your beneficiaries are clearly identified and no-one is forgotten
  • What you want to happen in the event of your disability or mental incapacity
  • The appointment of legal representatives such as Executors or Powers of Attorney

This probably sounds complex, and it can be. But talking to the financial experts at Wealth Plan Advisory will help you successfully navigate the process with as little stress as possible.

By putting strategies in place now, you can have peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of should the unexpected happen.


For straight-forward, practical financial, taxation and accounting advice
contact our knowledgeable team at SVA and WPA by calling 02 8850 0388.

Maximise your tax return with our free downloadable checklist

Nobody wants to pay more tax than they have to (or come under the ATO’s radar). Our free checklist will help you ensure all your income and deductions are accounted for.


For straight-forward, practical taxation, accounting and financial advice
call us on 02 8850 0388.

Personal income tax cuts for 2018-19 are good to go

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, changes to the Personal Income Tax Plan were announced. These changes have been passed, taking effect on July 1, 2018.

There are two changes you need to know about for the coming financial year

  1. The top threshold of the 32.5% tax bracket has increased from $87,000 to $90,000.
    This change applies to residents, foreign-residents and Working Holiday Makers.
    Pay as you go withholding rates and schedules will be updated to include the changes.
  2. A new low and middle income tax offset (which is in addition to the Low Income Tax Offset) will provide a non-refundable tax offset of up to $530 per annum for Australian residents earning less than $125,333.The offset amount ranges from $200 (for incomes less than $37,000) to $530. The lump sum will be paid after your income tax return is assessed next financial year.

    It is expected over 10 million taxpayers will get at least some relief from this new offset. We can help you find out if you’re one of them.


For straight-forward, practical accounting, taxation and financial advice
contact our knowledgeable team at SVA and WPA by calling 02 8850 0388.

Property alert! GST changes you need to know about

If you are buying new residential premises or potential residential land subdivisions, GST will now need to be paid directly to the ATO at settlement.

These changes will apply to contracts dated on or after 1 July 2018.

Please note: These changes do not apply to the sale of existing residential properties, or to new or existing commercial properties. Nor do they apply to the purchase or sale of your family home or your residential investment property.

Who do the changes apply to?

Even if you don’t usually deal in property, these changes may apply if turnover from your property and other transactions is more than the GST registration threshold of $75,000 p.a. and your activities are regarded as an “enterprise”.

Classification as an “enterprise” could include buying property with the intention of selling it immediately at a profit or developing the property to sell.

If you’re buying property

  • You need to pay the GST directly to the ATO instead of to the developer (or vendor) as part of the purchase price.
  • There are no changes to the amount of GST to be paid. It remains the same.
  • You don’t have to register for GST to make this payment to the ATO.
  • You can generally claim a GST credit if you purchase property or land for your business or SMSF under a standard land contract, providing GST was included in the sale price. You can claim this credit on your activity statement for the tax period during which settlement occurs.
  • If you are entitled to claim GST credits, you must have a valid tax invoice issued by the seller when you lodge your activity statement. A settlement statement or contract of sale is not a valid replacement for a tax invoice.

If you’re selling property

  • On all eligible property transactions, you will need to include GST in the sale price.
  • You may be eligible to claim GST credits for some purchases used to develop the property.
  • Property developers will need to provide written notification to buyers if the buyer needs to withhold an amount for GST.
  • If GST is applied to a property transaction by the vendor, contracts should include a clause stating whether or not the GST amount is included in the contract price.

The team at SVA and WPA can provide personalised information and advice about how these changes could affect you. So get in touch if you are buying or selling property after 1 July, 2018.


For straight-forward, practical accounting, taxation and financial advice
call us on 02 8850 0388.

Trading names to retire under new scheme

If you operate a business using a trading name, you have until the 31 October to register it as a business name on the Australian Business Register (ABR). Once a business name is successfully registered, it will appear on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) register and the ABN Lookup.

Can’t remember if you have registered your business trading name/s?

Visit the ASIC Search Business Names Register here.


For help in setting up a new business or to review the structure of your current business,
contact the team at SVA and WPA on 02 8850 0388

4 Tips for managing the EOFY scramble

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when businesses start scrambling to prepare their tax returns. Here are 4 tips to make the process as stress-free and streamlined as possible.

  1. Start getting your records organised now. Whether you have paper files or computer records, now is the time to get everything together in one place for easy access, including:
    • Business income information
    • Expenses you can claim as business deductions, such as wages, business travel and other operating expenses.
  2. Make sure you can prove to the ATO how your expenses are divided between business and private use.
  3. If you’ve installed any new record-keeping software this financial year, check all the information has transferred correctly between programs. Or you can ask us to help you.
  4. Book an appointment with us so we can help you with end-of-year tax planning and other financial strategies.

Staying on top of your ATO requirements can be tricky without our help. So don’t delay.


Contact the SVA and WPA team for
straight-forward, practical accounting, taxation and financial advice.

Call 02 8850 0388 today.

3 tips to help you build a more profitable business

Tip 1 – Dreaming alone isn’t enough!

It’s fine to have dreams about being wealthy one day but only if you put actions in place to achieve those dreams. Start by focusing on small, simple things you can do to increase the revenues of your business. It might be to attend 1 networking event each week or make 5 prospecting calls each day. Getting in front of more people will generate more enquiries which should lead to more sales and hence, more profits. This is a very realistic, achievable way to increase wealth.


Tip 2 – Do you really need it?

It’s easy to be enticed into thinking the latest technology will make your business life easier. But it isn’t always true. Before you make the decision to update your devices or phone ask yourself:

  • Will this plan save me money or cost more?
  • Will this new device shorten my work day?


Unless the new device will save you money or time, you probably don’t need it yet!


Tip 3 – Know your numbers

If you don’t thoroughly understand your financial situation both in your business and personally, you will never get ahead. That doesn’t mean you need to spend your weekends going through your accounts and statements. It simply means getting the help you need to manage your money better. That’s where we can help.


For straight-forward, practical accounting, taxation and financial advice
contact our knowledgeable team at SVA and WPA by calling 02 8850 0388.

Parents beware!

With the high price of Sydney housing, many parents are helping their children enter the property market by lending or gifting deposits and guaranteeing their loan. While this is commendable, it’s important to understand that if you fail to formalise arrangements, you could regret this decision for years to come.

In particular, some mortgage brokers and banks are asking parents to sign “last minute” statutory declarations just before settlement. In this highly emotion-charged time, parents are foregoing their rights to seek repayment of the loan and/or claim any rights to the property should their child (or the child’s partner) fail to repay the loan.

Statutory declarations are legally binding so these parents have no recourse to claim repayment of the loan – even if their child and his/her partner break-up. Even worse, if these parents advance a portion of the deposit money to their child without a formal loan agreement, it is considered a gift. As a result, the parents have no rights to seek reimbursement of the funds.

Of course you want to help your children as much as you can, but when it comes to financial issues, speak to the team at Sashi Veale & Associates (SVA) or Wealth Planning Advisory (WPA) BEFORE you act.


For straight-forward, practical accounting, taxation and financial advice
call us on 02 8850 0388.