Have you started thinking about what you are going to spend your tax refund on? The average Australian will receive a tax refund of $2,574* and many will have already made plans for what to do with their cash windfall, well before the cash hits their bank account! Whether it be a holiday, a new piece of furniture or some other indulgence that’s been on their ‘list’ for a while.
But what if you could really make the most of this ‘extra cash’, so that you could enjoy both a short-term boost to your quality of life and at the same time, funnel this windfall into some smarter savings or investment options, so that you can reap the rewards of this years return for many years to come?
Creating financial goals has been well documented to bring psychological and lifestyle benefits and what better time to start than now, when you have a great chunk of extra cash in your account?!
Here’s what we’d do:
- Get rid of debt!
Clearing a portion (or all, if you can!) of your debt is always a great place to start. Directing some of your refund into paying off your credit card, personal loans or getting ahead on your mortgage will save you money in lowering the interest you’d be paying down the track!
- Improve your Savings balance!
Studies have shown that individuals with savings enjoy better wellbeing and have lower levels of stress**. By putting a portion of your tax return aside for a rainy day, you are doing yourself a world of good in improving your financial resilience and lowering stress levels now and into the future.
- Plan ahead
Even if retirement is still a while off, making good financial choices now can impact your living standards and quality of life when you decide to stop working . Putting a lump sum into your super can also be a smart short term solution, as any money invested in your super fund may be subject to a lower tax rate, potentially resulting in a tax effective way to invest your money.
Once you’ve paid off debt, have a nice buffer of savings and are taking care of boosting your super balance, you can start to think about your investment portfolio. We suggest you speak to your Axios financial planner to help you decide what the best investment options are for you, taking into consideration your investment timeframe and risk tolerance.
Whether it’s a bonus $1,000 or an impressive $10,000 you’ll be receiving this year for your tax refund, it makes good sense to think ahead about how you can work with this extra cash to benefit you financially both today and tomorrow. A conversation with your Axios Financial planner can go a long way in helping you to plan for your financial wellbeing well into the future.
*How Australians spend their tax refunds, www.moneysmart.gov.au
**Financial Wellbeing: a survey of adults in Australia April 2018, https://financialcapability.gov.au/files/anz-financial-wellbeing-summary-report-australia.pdf
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