The new financial year always brings change, and 2019/20 is one of the more dynamic in recent times. An array of rates and thresholds have moved, but the first week of this July brings more than just incremental changes. A number of rules affecting the clients of financial planners are markedly different in the new financial year. This month there are a dozen of these changes that planners need to know about;

8. Throw in some automatic consolidation as well

July 1 also sees the ATO gain new powers to automatically consolidate inactive accounts with balances under $6000. The ATO’s powers do not extend to accounts that hold insurance but, should insurance lapse due to the account being inactive, clients could also find that, shortly thereafter, the account no longer exists. The ATO aims to roll inactive low-balance accounts into the super account held by that client that has the highest balance.

This provision does not apply to SMSFs, small APRA funds or defined benefits.

The information contained in this publication is based on the understanding KeyInvest (ABN 74 087 649 474 AFSL No. 240667) has of the relevant Australian legislation as at the date shown in this publication.

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