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The Divorced Mum Financial Survival Guide

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Post Divorce Recovery Strategies:
Divorced Mums Financial Survival Guide

Divorce can be a devastating experience but when combined with the increased financial pressures it can often be too much to bear. Hasty decisions about assets are often made during the post-settlement period of turmoil which can lead to undesirable investment outcomes for both parties.

Of course, divorced Mums face a unique set of circumstances than divorced Dads which is why this article has been written specifically for divorced Mums and the challenges they face (to read the Divorced Dads survival guide click here).

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The Divorced Dad Financial Survival Guide

Post Divorce Recovery Strategies:
Divorced Dads Financial Survival Guide

divorced-dads

If we were to run a competition for divorced Dads, with the winner being the one who made the most financial mistakes during divorce, the field would be enormous and the stakes are high. It’s sad, but true.

Most Dads make mistake after mistake with financial settlements and they need help. This article is written specifically for divorced Dads and the many challenges they face in their post-divorce recovery (don’t worry, we’ll return to cover the specific and very different issues facing divorced Mums in a future article).

Regrettably, I can’t patch up the differences that contributed to the end of your marriage but what I can do is make sure that both parents are afforded every opportunity to recover to their best possible outcome financially.

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Australian Federal Budget 2021/2

CIA tax’s review: Australian Federal Budget 2021/2

“Securing Australia’s Recovery”

Anyone else remember the good old days when it was exciting to wait expectantly for the Federal Budget to be released wondering what surprises good and bad there would be?

Well, 2021/2 was pretty much leaked/announced in the days prior and again last night was as boring as bat (even for us Chartered Tax Advisors!) to tune in to…

Big spending, big debts and no surprises which was pretty much a certain in an election year and a continuing pandemic recovery.

Tax cuts were left in place, as was superannuation guarantees and the ATO has been held back in pursuing struggling businesses. Steady as she goes, keep the businesses running, employing and the people spending. 

“Net debt will increase to $617.5 billion or 30.0 per cent of GDP this year and peak at $980.6 billion or 40.9 per cent of GDP in June 2025 This is low by international standards. As a share of the economy, net debt is around half of that in the U.K. and U.S. and less than a third of that in Japan.  Consumer sentiment is at its highest in 11 years. Business conditions reached record highs and more Australians are in work than ever before”

One thing they didn’t harp on about (and what saved us last time during the Howard years) is it appears, we are on the cusp of an extended resources / mining boom as the global economy fires back up on inflated incentives of all kinds. We Australians really have won the lottery of life.

Macro, there seems to be a growing diversion in economic realities. We either go bust on debt, or we go super boom and hopefully deflate debt. It is getting harder to see a middle ground between the two polar opposites unless of course its decades (doldrums) of low inflation/interest rates and there’s no will or policy for that!

Housing nearly always gets some love with first home owners and single parent guarantees to help people get on board.

Superannuation with further good news.

  • The super contribution works test for those aged 67 to 74 is to be abolished from 1/7/22
  • Downsizer super contributions restrictions from 1/7/22 get even easier also with an age restriction reducing to above 60 the take up of this will be far more attractive.
  • The $450 minimum per month super contribution is being removed from 1/7/22 a good thing for casual workers a pain for micro employers (administration).

The question has to be asked, why wait to 1/7/22 for these measures? 

Biggest news once again is in supporting business:

Mr Frydenberg announced the government would be extending temporary full expensing and temporary loss carry-back (to the year 2019) for an additional year until 30 June 2023.

Further, Mr Frydenberg said the government will deliver more than $16 billion in tax cuts to small and medium businesses by 2023-24 with around $1.5 billion flowing in 2019‑20. This, he said, “includes reducing the tax rate for small and medium companies, from 30 per cent in 2014‑15 to 25 per cent from 1 July 2021″.

Well, that’s the 2021/2 highlights and there are plenty of other lesser budgetary gems that can all be found here: https://budget.gov.au/index.htm or contact the team at CIA tax.


JobKeeper Application Process

Contact us (as information is changing daily) for CIA’s step by step guide for the JobKeeper application process:

  1. Key Dates
  2. The Turnover Test
  3. Guide – If you are an employee only
  4. Guide – employers reporting through STP
  5. Guide – employers not reporting through STP
  6. Guide – Sole Traders/Self-Employed


Stage 3 of Coronavirus Assistances

Unprecedented times – 3 CIA tax Newsletters in 3 Weeks – it’s all happening.

Stage 3 of Coronavirus Assistances

(Credit to Newscorp)

Businesses are rushing to sign up to the federal government’s $130 billion plan to subsidise wages during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

The Treasurer said around 60,000 businesses had already signed up for the scheme announced on Monday.

The scheme will see employees receiving a flat-rate payment of $1500 per fortnight through their employers in a bid to lessen the

economic blow caused by coronavirus. Payments will commence May 1 but will be backdated.

It applies to full and part-time workers, sole traders, as well as casuals who have been on the books for at least 12 months.

The subsidies will last for six months.

It will be administered through the single touch payroll system, requiring businesses to keep the employee on the books in order to distribute the payment.

Businesses and not-for-profits will be eligible after a downturn in revenue of 30 per cent.

“That means they can still have them on the books and start working together on how they can resuscitate the business on the other side,” he said.

New Zealanders and casuals working for more than one year will also be eligible for the Jobkeeper payment.

Don’t forget our senior partner Dr Steven Enticott is Facebook live Wednesdays at 6pm. There is plenty going on, yet there is unprecedented supports and plenty of hope for the future post coronavirus.

Stay safe!


Coronavirus Update 23-03-2020

CIA tax are open and will always remain open even if we all lock down.

We are constantly checking emails and taking calls (over the weekends as well) to be there for our clients through these different times.

Stay positive, some industries are really booming and some are really hurting, for those that hurt the Government has really stepped up (as we predicted) with stage 2 as follows:  

Supporting Individuals and Households The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to Australians. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. Income support for individualsPayments to support householdsTemporary early release of superannuationTemporarily reducing superannuation minimum drawdown ratesReducing social security deeming rates
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households  

Support for Businesses The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses. Boosting cash flow for employersTemporary relief for financially distressed businessesIncreasing the instant asset write-offBacking business investmentSupporting apprentices and trainees
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses  

Supporting the Flow of Credit The Government, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority have taken coordinated action to ensure the flow of credit in the Australian economy. Timely access to credit is vital for businesses to manage the impacts of the Coronavirus.
https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/business-investment  

State governments are also stepping up with payroll tax refunds and land tax delays. Contact us for your State based assistance’s and we will provide them individually rather than listing all the different States in Australia’s responses.

There is plenty of hope. Every Wednesday at 6pm our senior partner Dr Steven Enticott is on his Facebook live with an update and for questions of any sort. This week it is an update and “Review, Reflect & Re-Direct” in all likelihood we will all be locked down for a period of time to re-think.

Our senior partner (Steven Enticott) is also the Chaplain at the Sandringham Football Club and is always open for a chat on any mental health or spiritual issue.

Keep smiling, tide always turns.


CIA Tax & Coronavirus – Office Changes & Client Advice

CIA Tax & Coronavirus – Office Changes & Client Advice (16-03-2020)

During the past week we had implemented a no handshake policy and for the next few weeks we are implementing a no in-house meetings policy (unless critical / essential) Instead we will use every other method of communication from Email, Phone Conferences, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger (or whatever digital meeting forum you use).

The office remains open for those who would like to drop or send non digitised documents. There is also a large mail slot at bottom of door for outside business hours.

This is a short term pain for a greater good. Whatever we think of the virus, or the media frenzy around it, the reality is to slow the growth of its spread which is to ease the burden on our medical services who tend to the lesser health resilient amongst us whether that is coronavirus or any other medical condition. Social and professional isolation is a key to playing our part in slowing the virus down, CIA tax are proud to play its small part. 

Thank you for your understanding, any issues always discuss with our senior partners and we will find a way to work something through.

Government Assistances

Some industries will do it tough (think anything travel, events, restaurants) and treasury has responded quickly with a targeted stimulus package that has four major parts. Yet, let us remain positive as other industries will also increase (think anything health, food chain or toilet paper suppliers).

For those industries who will struggle the good news is as follows:

  • Keeping Australians in jobs with $6.7 billion in cashflow assistance for small and medium businesses (up to $25,000 – reduction in tax to pay for their employees)
  • Supporting households with a $750 payment to pensioners, veterans, people on Newstart and other income support recipients
  • Backing business investment with a limited-time investment incentive worth $3.2 billion (instant write off on assets up to $150,000 for business with turnover under half a Billion!)
  • Helping affected sectors with a $1 billion fund for communities reliant on the tourism and education industries 

In addition to the above, the Australian Taxation Office will offer relief on a case-by-case basis to significantly affected taxpayers (everyone!) including through deferring tax payments by up to four months. In coming months expect more global relief / stimulus’s. Far from doom and gloom.

Download all the details here:  https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus Additionally CIA tax have fact sheets for all of the above measures reply to this email.

CIA tax are here to assist, don’t hesitate – reach out, we can help.

Tips for business (and for effected employees)

Be Pro-active and work together is the key: Flight Centre is a great example of acting fast. At the start of this crisis (and sadly for all in the travel industry it will get worse) they enacted immediate changes to preserve employment until 30 June 2020.

Example Only – the Flight Centre changes

  • Travel Freeze: There is now a freeze on all Flight Centre employee travel including family with the only exception being business-critical
  • Conferences: All Flight Centre conferences will be cancelled from 16 March 2020 until further notice
  • Annual leave: All eligible Flight Centre employees have been asked to book and take a minimum of 1-week annual leave between now and 30 June 2020
  • Long Service Leave: Anyone at Flight Centre with long service due is asked to consider taking it through this period
  • Unpaid leave: Optional unpaid leave is available to all Flight Centre employees
  • Purchase of additional leave: For all Flight Centre staff without any leave owing, there is the option to purchase an additional 10 days leave
  • Reduction of (FTE) Full-time employment: All Flight Centre staff have been offered the opportunity to reduce their FTE by 1 day per week or fortnight until the 30 June 2020. Staff can work a 4-day a week rather than 5-day with their salary reflective of this change

The Flight Centre changes concluded by saying: “We greatly appreciate your support and understanding. If everyone can contribute in a small way it will make a big difference. We have been through similar events in the past and have always emerged bigger, better and stronger”.

It’s a wonderful example that we can all review parts of if we need to apply anything to our own businesses.

The key to any slow down in the economy (it may not be long lasting, or significant) is to keep communicating with the team, your advisors, the tax office, banks, your customers and suppliers, everyone.

CIA tax are here to assist, don’t hesitate – reach out, we can help.

From an occupational health response stay up to date and follow the advice of the government health recommendations and your HR advisors. In particular do not ignore government directions as we’d doubt any public indemnity policy (or any insurance) would cover your risk in doing so.

Investments and Retirement

It is also a worrying time for people with investments and retirement funds – this again is a time to reach out and talk to your advisors.

CIA tax are here to assist, don’t hesitate – reach out, we can help.

In all likelihood and like all other things in the recent past this will soon pass. Let us pause to think on the past two decades with all the market crashes, disasters, health scares, downturns, upturns, whatever – we’ve shown a fair bit of resilience!

In closing

From a mental health perspective now is the time to stop being glued to the media frenzy. Be informed, make some sensible changes and look out for others who are less fortunate and carry on. Daffodils are planted in Autumn, pass through a Winter and beautifully blossom in Spring. Use these interruptions to plant the next blossom.

CIA tax are here to listen, don’t hesitate – reach out, we can help.

The symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath; and
  • Breathing difficulties

If you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.