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Bona fide ways to help bushfire victims

Many people want to help bushfire victims but may be unsure of the best way. APS specialises in assessing charities and provides a bona fide list of causes worth supporting, with or without money. 

The $1 billion quiet achiever in Australian philanthropy

Structuring giving using Public or Private Ancillary Funds is an attractive strategy for donors who need a tax deduction now, and the flexibility to distribute the funds to charity over time.

9 strategies to make the most of EOFY 2018

There are strategies for this EOFY which could reduce your tax bill while supporting other objectives such as charitable giving, insurances, personal or spouse super contributions, or asset purchases for business.

Maximising the impact of charitable giving

An ancillary sub-fund is a quick and inexpensive way to secure a tax deduction in advance of researching and selecting the right charities to support at tax time. Includes Chris Cuffe video.

Philanthropy is growing, but what’s the best way to give?

Investors looking to give to charitable causes before 30 June often leave little time to make the best choices to suit their philanthropic intentions, which is where an ancillary fund can assist.

Last minute tax deductions in a public ancillary fund

Although the end of the financial year is near, there is still time to establish a tax deduction in a sub-fund within a public ancillary fund – a simple philanthropic structure that allows a planned approach to charitable giving.

Barry et al, this is what a good gift policy looks like

ICAC has opened an important public debate on funding political parties and accepting gifts. As long as the compliance regime and corporate culture are strong, there’s not much scope for abuse in a good policy.

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Hamish Douglass on why the movie hasn’t ended yet

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Start the year right with the 2022 Retiree Checklist

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At 98-years-old, Charlie Munger still delivers the one-liners

The Warren Buffett/Charlie Munger partnership is the stuff of legends, but even Charlie admits it is coming to an end ("I'm nearly dead"). He is one of the few people in investing prepared to say what he thinks.

Should I pay off the mortgage or top up my superannuation?

Depending on personal circumstances, it may be time to rethink the bias to paying down housing debt over wealth accumulation in super. Do the sums and ask these four questions to plan for your future.

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