When the coronavirus pandemic hit financial markets in March 2020, almost 40 per cent was wiped off the value of shares in less than a month.i Understandably, many investors hit the panic button and switched to cash or withdrew savings from superannuation.
With the benefit of hindsight, some people may be regretting acting in haste. Although for others, accessing their super under the early release due to COVID measures was a difficult but necessary decision at the time.
As it happened...
New COVID Support from Federal and NSW Government
On 13 July 2021, the Federal and NSW Governments announced extra support for NSW residents impacted by the latest Sydney lockdown. Here is a summary of the support now on offer:
Federal support - Covid-19 Disaster Payment
a payment of up to $600 per week (up from the previous $500) for individuals impacted by Covid lockdowns.
The full $600 payment is for workers who have lost more than 20 hours of work per week.
Investing in recovery
In his third and possibly last Budget before the next federal election, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is counting on a new wave of spending to ensure Australia's economic recovery maintains its momentum.
As expected, the focus is on jobs and major new spending on support for aged care, women and first-home buyers with some superannuation sweeteners for good measure.
With the emphasis on spending, balancing the Budget has been put on the back burner until employme...
Bitcoin buyers beware the tax trap
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have generated a lot of interest over the past few years, particularly due to the spectacular rise and fall of their market value. From being worth just $1 back in 2011, the value of one Bitcoin today might be as high as $70,000, but that is no guarantee of its value next week!
While the big gains sound like great news for an investor, the flipside to consider is that the ATO will take a slice of that pr...
ATO Alert - COVID Affecting Car Fringe Benefits
The ATO is warning employers to take care to avoid unnecessary FBT for car fringe benefits provided to employees.
As a result of the COVID lockdown earlier this year, many employees have been working from home at a far greater rate. If these employees have had the use of a car provided by their employer, the employer will need to check how they are calculating their fringe benefits, to avoid unnecessary FBT.
With working from home beco...