Retirement time Typical issues at this stage of life
Everyone’s different, of course, but here are some of the things our clients often confront in their fifties and sixties that have a significant impact on their finances:
- Winding back, working part-time
- Being made redundant
- Health concerns
- Suffering a serious illness or injury
- Paying for weddings
- Helping the kids get established
- Aging parents needing your time
- Finally paying off the mortgage
- Selling a business
- Caring for young grandchildren
- Making a sea change
This is a period of great change for most people. Some of us plan to keep working until we’re in our 70s. Others want to start winding back as soon as possible. For many, the family home suddenly seems a bit empty once the children have left home and a whole range of lifestyle options emerge. At this stage of life, a lot of people may think it’s too late to boost their retirement nest egg, but in most cases they’d be wrong. With expert advice and assistance, there’s so much that can be done to help you get the most out of life.
What can we do to help? We can help you reduce tax
Tax is probably your single biggest expense, so there’s enormous potential to save you serious dollars. Dollars that could be used to create wealth instead of deplete it. Here are a few of the main ones you may be able to consider:
- Income splitting
- Pre-paying interest
- Disposing of capital losses against capital gains
- Establishing a family trust
- Using tax-friendly investments
- Contributing existing investments into super
We can help you maximise super and get ready to retire in the best shape possible
Super is more attractive than ever and now Reasonable Benefits Limits have been abolished there is a lot more most people can do to take advantage of super. Here are two examples:
- If you are planning on downsizing your home once you retire, you may be a lot better off doing so before you retire and enjoying the tax benefits of contributing the sale proceeds into super.
- If you have non-super investments that could be transferred into super this could save you thousands of dollars in tax.
It’s a complex field, however the biggest risk is that without expert advice you may miss out on extremely valuable opportunities.
We can advise you on all the options
The transitions to retirement rules create a number of options other than simply retiring:
- You may be able to wind down by working part-time without compromising your lifestyle
- You may be able to keep working full time but start accessing your super
- You may be able to take maximum advantage of the salary sacrifice to super option without sacrificing your lifestyle
Your adviser knows all the options and can advise you on which are best for you and then help you put your plan into action.
In addition, we can save you time by doing the head-work and the leg-work. Making the shift to retirement or semi-retirement is a big decision and can be very stressful. There’s a lot at stake and no time left to fix things if you get it wrong. Never has there been a more important time to get professional expert advice and assistance.