Articles by Ken Raiss

Ken Raiss

Ken is director of Metropole Wealth Advisory and gives strategic expert advice to property investors, professionals and business owners. He is in a unique position to blend his skills of accounting, wealth advisory, property investing, financial planning and small business. View his articles


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When you set up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) you need to understand what it is, and also what it isn’t. Firstly, an SMSF is a trust and, like all trusts, it’s not a legal entity. Therefore the fund needs a trustee who makes decisions, opens up bank accounts, completes the tax return and so…

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Today it’s common for couples to purchase a property before they’ve walked down the aisle or even lived together. Naturally they assume they’ll be together forever, and don’t put a lot of research into the long term consequences of how their ownership should be structured.  So to help better understand this, let’s take a look…

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Trying to get your head around Capital Gains Tax (CGT) can sometimes be like attempting to learn a new language. You think you’re doing alright with it and then someone from that country starts talking to you thinking you’re a local and you end up quite confused and no doubt a little embarrassed. Of course,…

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No one likes to talk about death but it is a fact of life. The problem is that by not talking about it, many people never get around to preparing for it either. A common saying is that there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes – yet we generally prepare for…

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Why is it important to understand the difference between a repair or an improvement to your investment property? The property investor is often grappling with whether an expense is a repair or an improvement. This is critical because a repair can be written off immediately whereas an improvement must be written off over a longer…

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Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is one of those things that most investors know they will probably have to pay one day – and then promptly forget about it! The reality is that CGT can be difficult and confusing to understand, let alone calculate, so it’s important to have specialists on your side – and especially…

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What is land tax?  Who should pay it?  And can I reduce this major property cost which seems to eat into my rental income disproportionally? These questions are often asked by serious property investors who already have or are in the process of building a significant property portfolio. As is the case for most taxes,…