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When can a binding death benefit nomination be a bad idea?

Estate planning for business families is difficult.  There is a raft of legal terms like enduring powers of attorney, testamentary trusts and complex tax outcomes depending on the structures and the family dynamics.  If that complexity is not enough some business advisors in Perth are not independent and everybody has a different approach. What is… Continue reading When can a binding death benefit nomination be a bad idea?

Why saving tax is the wrong place to start family business succession

The discussion of succession in a family business in Perth is difficult.  Often the conversation is difficult and taxation can be a large stumbling block: and the long value driver of an effective family business succession is often at odds with tax effective structuring. We will go over a few classic examples of how tax… Continue reading Why saving tax is the wrong place to start family business succession

Getting a conversation started on wealth succession

For many family business owners the pathway to success has been a very purposefully driven process.  Key targets have been set, goals have been identified and actions have been carried out to achieve a degree of success. For many, the success of the family business has generated in wealth for the family.  However, the difference… Continue reading Getting a conversation started on wealth succession

The rule of 72: An old diamond in finance

As accountants we typically have to do numbers on the spot.  We are often visiting family businesses around Perth and regional towns and the rule of 72 is a great tool for everyday financial calculations. In short if you want to know how long something will take you to do double your money use the… Continue reading The rule of 72: An old diamond in finance

Government tax attack on testamentary trusts changes estate plans

The use of a testamentary trusts for estate planning has been common practice for many Perth business families.  The testamentary trust has fantastic taxation, asset protection and estate planning flexibility. However from 1 July 2019 the government is intending to strip down the tax benefit that people enjoy in a testamentary trust. However to understand… Continue reading Government tax attack on testamentary trusts changes estate plans

Let’s tell the truth – the paperless office is a myth

Sadly the accounting function in a family business is typically covered in a tonne of paper. Very few businesses in Perth become truly “paperless”.  There is marketing documents, business cards and “wet signatures” for important key contracts. However, with the right combination of cloud technology applications from accounting, taxation and customer relationship management you can… Continue reading Let’s tell the truth – the paperless office is a myth

10 questions to ask when choosing your accountant

Choosing an accountant can be difficult.  Cutting through technical jargon and marketing hype is a daunting process to any business owner. So we have a list of questions you can use to interview and compare between accountants. What tax leadership roles in the profession have you done in the last 12 months? Every accountant will… Continue reading 10 questions to ask when choosing your accountant

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