Be Careful – An Informal Will Recorded on Mobile Phone?

In Australia, an informal will can be found in almost any form and made in almost any manner.  However, the essential qualities for an informal will are: It must be a document as statutorily defined as anything on which there is writing, marks, figures, sounds that...

Superannuation guarantee audits

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is becoming stricter in auditing superannuation guarantee payments that were made by employers. Quarterly mandatory 9.5% superannuation contributions must be made by the 28 day following the end of the quarter. If an employer misses a...

Who should I appoint as my executor and trustee?

Many people appoint a friend or relative as their executor. They may do this as a compliment, a way of acknowledging their respect and admiration for that person. The reality is that they are left with the stress and responsibility involved in administering your...

Tax ruling means you may owe THOUSANDS

On 12 March 2019, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued a note regarding its view as to whether annual leave loading attracts Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions. This depends on whether leave loading is ordinary time earnings (OTE). There is a commonly...
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