Federal Budget 2024

On Tuesday 14 May, Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers handed down the 2024 Federal Budget. The Budget seeks to balance the competing priorities of reducing inflation, while providing cost of living relief, better outcomes for aged care and childcare staff, and delivering housing and future investment opportunities. The Government is framing its election pitch in the context of delivering two out of three budget surpluses in their three-year term, with the…  Read more

Unlock the Essentials of EVs: Practical Insights

Are you considering upgrading your vehicle? Have you explored the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs)? The Government’s push for consumers to choose electric vehicles represents a shift towards more affordable and sustainable transportation options, with the added benefit of tax incentives. Choosing an electric vehicle now offers greater tax advantages than purchasing a fossil fuel vehicle of the same price. However, in addition to the financial and sustainable benefits, there…  Read more

Reducing Estate Tax

One of the considerations of financial planning is determining how you can minimise estate tax, reduce legislative risk and maximise the legacy you leave for your loved ones. In this real life client scenario we explain how we achieved this for our clients whilst giving consideration to their goals. As part of our comprehensive statement of advice, O’Brien Financial Advisors diligently analysed and evaluated Ron & Carol’s* financial situation and…  Read more

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves much more than having an up-to-date Will. It is important to ensure that your assets are distributed in the most effective manner and without adverse tax consequences for your beneficiaries. What is estate planning? Estate planning involves considering what will happen to your assets upon the death of you or your partner or if you become mentally incapacitated and unable to manage your own affairs. You may…  Read more

Downsizer contributions to super

For many people, super is one of the best ways to grow your wealth, as it provides significant tax concessions to help you save for retirement. Downsizer contributions are a valuable way to boost your super as you approach retirement. What is super? Superannuation is a specialised type of investment structure designed to help you accumulate a significant level of savings for your retirement. To encourage you to save for…  Read more

What happens to your super when you die?

Most superannuation funds will pay a sizeable┬ádeath benefit if you die. Usually your super, which includes your account balance and any superannuation death benefits, will be paid to your dependents. This death benefit might provide a big difference to family members who were dependent upon you. This might be your spouse or children but could also be other family members or friends. Who is a tax dependent? A current spouse,…  Read more

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