It’s the state of the world now – redundancy is a lot more common now than 12 months ago. But this doesn’t make the emotional and financial stresses any less.
This is a major life stage for you. Not only has your employment ceased, but you are more than likely the recipient of a lump sum of cash. In some instances it may be the largest single influx of cash you may ever see.
The question now is what to do with it? It can be used to: Pay off debt; provide you an income while out of work or used in your superannuation to provide for you in retirement.
Yes, it opens up so many financial opportunities. However, due to its complex tax treatment, it is important to seek advice to make sure that these funds are used in the most effective manner.
Understanding your redundancy
Not all redundancies (and hence redundancy payments) are the same. It is very important to understand the type as the taxation of the two differ and it will affect your final take-home amount
Broadly there are two types of redundancy, a Genuine Redundancy and Non-Genuine Redundancy.
“ A genuine redundancy payment is a payment made to you as an employee if you’re dismissed because the job you were doing has been abolished.”1
“A non-genuine redundancy occurs when the employee: is dismissed because they’ve reached normal retirement age; is their pension age or older on the day of dismissal; leaves voluntarily; has their contract terminated; is dismissed for disciplinary or inefficiency reasons.”1
The differentiation is an important one, as it will dictate the amount of tax you will pay.
Genuine redundancies do have additional tax concessions, while non-genuine do not.
The most common form of redundancy is the genuine one whereby the company you work for no longer needs or can afford to keep your position.
However next most common would have to be the voluntary. And it is here that we have to be vigilant. As soon as you volunteer to become redundant any payments will fall under the non-genuine category. As such certain tax concessions will no longer be applicable.
Most redundancy payments will include some sort of severance pay. A payment of a number of weeks for each year served. For the more long serving employees, this can be a very attractive number.
It is important to get professional advice before you proceed with any type of redundancy as there are a few pit-falls that could catch you.
Just as important is to seek advice after you become redundant. This significant amount you receive not only needs to provide for you in the short term, but can be used in certain strategies to boost your retirement savings for the long term.
If you are in a situation where you have found yourself offered a redundancy or recently made redundant, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation Discovery Meeting with Louella Jorge. We’ll help your review your current situation, your needs and your goals to ensure you make the most of your redundancy payment.
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