Tax Planning

Tax planning means managing your financial affairs such that the amount of tax you pay is minimised as much as legally possible. The idea is that you pay all the tax you have to – but no more.

Optimising your tax planning unlocks enormous potential for your financial plan. In fact, getting the tax planning right is typically more important to your financial performance than just about any other aspect – including things like choosing the right investment. A good investment can become a bad one if you find yourself with a bigger tax bill than you needed.

Australia’s taxation system is deliberately designed to encourage people to do some things and not do others. This means that when we take advantage of quality  tax planning we are actually doing exactly what the community wants us to do.

That said, it can be difficult to know exactly what the community wants you to do! Australia’s taxation rules are complex – in fact, according to the government itself, each Australian faces a potential 125 taxes that they are liable to pay.

This makes it imperative that you seek qualified, quality tax advice provided by someone who is legally allowed to provide it.

Mick Steffan

Director and Financial Planner

Mick has been in the financial Industry since 1994 and has been giving financial advice to clients and businesses in Geraldton and the Midwest since 1999.

His advice to clients commenced as an authorised representative of Garvan Financial Planning (MLC) at Norm Jupp Financial Services, followed by the start up of his own business, Lifecare Financial Planning which resulted in a partnership with Dave Moustaka of Lifetime Financial Planning. However, in 2004 Mick returned to Norm Jupp Financial Services as senior adviser and business manager.

Besides giving financial planning advice Mick was also active in advising businesses with business planning, development and support. Some of the Geraldton businesses you may be familiar with are: Sunwest Plumbing, S&R Plumbing and Gas, and Joe Sadowski Financial Planning.

After work, Mick was active in a number of volunteer organisations including the Geraldton Volunteer Sea Rescue (training and support), the Geraldton Windsurfing Club (president and treasurer), the Coronation Windfarm and the workgroups of beautifying Coronation Beach and Point Moore.

Mick Steffan is an authorised representative (243608) of Rimbal Investment Services Pty Ltd (AFSL 472548).

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