119. Investment Bonds Explained: Tax Benefits and Estate Planning Insights

Welcome back to another episode of the 360 Money Matters Podcast! In this session, we explore the intriguing world of investment bonds—a powerful vehicle for both tax savings and strategic estate planning.

Investment bonds, often referred to as insurance or growth bonds, are investment products that wrap a variety of assets. These bonds are not only an investment avenue but also a tax-effective wealth creation strategy. The earnings from these bonds are taxed within the bond itself at a capped rate of 30%, potentially lower than personal income tax rates.

Key Advantages of Investment Bonds

  • Tax Efficiency: One of the most significant advantages of investment bonds is their tax treatment. If the bond is held for over ten years, investors benefit from zero capital gains tax upon selling the asset.
  • Estate Planning: Investment bonds do not form part of an individual’s estate, thus providing a straightforward route for asset distribution without entering into the complexities of wills and probate.

Limitations to Consider

  • Investment Term: To reap the full tax benefits, it is essential to hold the bond for at least ten years.
  • Contribution Rules: Adhering to contribution rules is crucial. Any additional contributions above the set limits could reset the ten-year period required for tax benefits.
  • Asset Protection: It’s important to note that investment bonds cannot protect assets in cases of separation or family law matters.

This podcast contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation, or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. This information is provided by Billy Amiridis &  Andrew Nicolaou of 360 Financial Strategists Pty Ltd, authorized representatives and credit representatives of AMP Financial Planning – AFSL 232706


Episode Highlights

  • About investment bonds

  • The tax environment

  • Benefits associated with investment bonds

  • Positive and negative aspects of investment bonds

  • Timeframe and contributions of investment bonds

  • The 125 percent rule

  • Use of investment bonds for specific purposes

  • Investment options within investment bonds


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