Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The super self-employed

By Jaeneen Cunningham

A report by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) says that Many self-employed Australians remain unprepared for retirement with little or no superannuation or other appropriate savings. According to the chief executive of ASFA, Pauline Vamos, the research has revealed a significant gap in the retirement savings of the self-employed when compared to wage and salary earners in Australia. The report shows that while the self-employed sector makes up over 10 per cent of labour force, 28 per cent of the sector has no superannuation at all, while a further 53 per cent has a super balance of less than $40,000.

We know small business is under greater financial pressure than ever but given the tax incentives aimed at boosting contributions, self-employed people should consider superannuation as part of a strategy to increase their retirement savings. If you're self-employed its imperative you dont let all the years of hard work slip away by not providing adequately for youself in retirement. Look at your expenditure and find a little to make those important contributions now!

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