Retirement may seem like it’s a lifetime away, but time has a funny way of moving really fast and before we know it, we are getting used to being at home with no obligation to be anywhere or do anything - blissful retirement after decades of hard work. However, your retirement will be much less blissful if you haven’t planned for it properly.
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Often times, people do not include their tax refund in their budget as they are not sure how much it is going to be, or if they will be receiving a refund at all. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to use your tax refund wisely so that you can improve your overall financial portfolio rather than spending on things you don’t need.
Many of our baby boomer clients are now considering making donations to their children in the form of property or capital for a deposit on a property. Although this is noble, parents must take into account the rules of donations tax in such situations. In this article, we will look into donations tax and what it means for parents who are helping their children purchase property.
Capital gains tax forms part of income tax and is triggered when you make a profit from selling an asset that you own. The amount of tax payable is calculated according to the profit you made in the sale and not the total amount you sold the asset for.
Creating a budget and finding the correct strategy for your monthly budget are the first steps to successful budgeting but could easily mean nothing without ongoing efforts to make sure you stick to, improve, and reassess your budget. Herein lies true budgeting success.
What makes your budgeting efforts successful is your ongoing efforts to incorporate strategies that encourage good spending, saving and other budgeting habits.
If it’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that without a solid plan in place, you may find yourself moving through a maze, with no end in sight. This is true for everything in life, including your personal finances.
An emergency fund will be what saves you from that inevitable rainy day. To be honest, we don’t believe in negative thinking but based on our experience, the rainy-day scenario is a likely one and we should always be fully prepared for it.
Buying a house is a huge step in any person’s life, whether it your first home or your second or third. What matters is how carefully you consider all the important factors involved with buying a house.
Planning for something fun like your next big holiday or your dream wedding can be fun and many people willingly put many hours and a fair amount of blood, sweat and tears into these events. However, there is something far more important to plan for and it’s never too early to start - estate planning.
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