How are Australians planning on spending their tax savings?

Essential bills, savings accounts, Christmas gifts and exchange-traded funds appear to be the big winners from the latest round of tax cuts, new research has revealed.

During the 2020 budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that up to 11 million Australians will benefit from tax cuts, with more than 7 million individuals expected to receive $2,000 or more in tax relief for the 2020-21 income year, compared with previous years.

Survey results collated by Colonial First State found the majority of Aussies are intending to spend their extra cash towards essentials like bills, groceries and insurance. This was followed by shopping on discretionary items such as clothing, electronics and accessories, and a holiday.

With festive season round the corner, almost 10 per cent have also planned to use it for Christmas shopping such as décor, gifts and food.

The research also found that almost one in five Australians plans to use their tax cut to reduce their mortgage, particularly those aged between 35-54 years.

While 16 per cent will use the extra money as an opportunity to invest in the stock market, with Australian shares and exchange-traded funds being the big winners.

Surprisingly, only 11 per cent of Australians said they planned to use their tax saving to pay off high-interest debt such as credit card and ‘buy now, pay later’ accounts.

Super ‘not so super’ as preferred spending priority

Despite using their superannuation during the COVID-19 pandemic, very few Australians intend to use the income tax cuts that were introduced in this year’s federal budget towards rebuilding their super or retirement savings.

Colonial First State general manager Kelly Power said the research showed that those who have needed to access super early as a way of surviving income loss, particularly younger Australians, are not making rebuilding their superannuation a priority.

“As we begin to emerge on the other side of the pandemic, it’s important to start thinking about the long-term impact your super withdrawal could have on the quality of your retirement. Seemingly small decisions now could have a big effect on the kind of retirement you’ve always dreamed of.

“Everyone’s circumstances are different, so whether you decide to spend it, use it to pay down debts, build up savings or make super contributions, it’s important Australians put the money towards what matters to them,” Ms Power concluded.

By Cameron Micallef on 01 December 2020 – centrepointalliance.com.au

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