Redundancy is a shock to more than just your finances. It presents you with many challenges and money is just one of them.
If you are about the accept a Redundancy offer negotiating the taxation and Centrelink minefields can be a daunting prospect.
But help is at hand and with professional advice you don’t have to do this alone.
To help get you started here are 6 key strategies to consider:
If you will be unemployed, use your existing savings, holiday pay, long service leave and tax-free redundancy payment to meet your living expenses.
Any taxable portion of your redundancy payment (employment termination payment) must be taken as cash. After allowing for the tax payable, you may be able to use this to pay off some of your mortgage or other debts to reduce your living expenses.
Centrelink allowances generally have a one week waiting period before benefits may be paid. There is also a liquid assets waiting period of up to 13 weeks, and an income maintenance period if you have received leave or redundancy payments from an employer. These can apply concurrently and extend the period before you are able to receive Centrelink allowances. So, you need to make sure you have arranged your redundancy lump sum payments to provide for your general living expenses.
Your superannuation generally can’t be withdrawn until you reach your preservation age (55 to 65 depending on the year you were born), and have met a condition of release such as retirement. You may be able to retain your super in your current fund or roll it over to another fund. Take care that you do not lose valuable cost effective insurance through your super, by not fully understanding your investment options. Investment choices appropriate to your needs are also important to grow your wealth in Super. Money held in Super (accumulation phase) is not generally assessed for Centrelink allowances until you reach age pension age.
If you’re eligible for retirement you may be able to use your super to commence a retirement pension. This may impact your Centrelink payments.
Once you’re back in the workforce you might consider using any excess redundancy payments (after allowing for tax) to pay off debt, or to contribute to super as a non-concessional contribution – you may even be eligible for the government co-contribution scheme.
Making the right decisions when faced with redundancy can make a difference to your financial future, so speak to your Financial Planner about your options today.
This editorial provides general information only. Before making any financial or investment decisions, we recommend you consult a financial planner to take into account your particular investment objectives, financial situation and individual needs. Lake Macquarie Financial Planning and its authorised representatives do not accept any liability for any errors or omissions of information supplied in this editorial. Charter Financial Planning Limited ABN 35 002 976 294 AFS Licence No. 234665.
At Lake Macquarie Financial Planning we understand facing Redundancy can be extremely daunting…..we are here to help!