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The Impact of Tax

impact of tax

Are you considering the impact of tax on your investment? We are, and we’re doing something about it.

Tax is often the biggest cost for investors, but they can feel very limited by the strategies available to reduce it. However, the impact of tax isn’t tomorrow’s problem.

Australia's High-Net-Worth investor (HNW) segment continues to grow with 635,000 individuals recorded in 2023, who hold nearly $3 trillion in investable assets¹. Furthermore, it’s estimated that one million Australians will face the top marginal tax rate (MTR) by 2030².

Whilst only 28% of HNWs used a financial adviser in 2022-2023¹, the willingness to invest in advice is growing, with key areas of greatest concern being inheritance and estate planning, as well as strategies to reduce tax obligations.

Your generational wealth journey starts today, for tomorrow

As we forward think tomorrow, your tax journey isn’t just about the current generation, but to help build and safeguard future generations as well. The compounding effect of saving 1% p.a. in tax can lead to a future saving of 79.72% in increased return on initial capital over the long term³.


Exploring alternative tax structures

Understanding the tax treatment of various investment structures is crucial for high-net-worth individuals navigating today’s complex financial landscape.


A tax-effective structure where earnings on investments are taxed at 15% with the proposed Division 296 tax of an additional 15% on earnings, on balances above $3 million, on unrealised gains and accumulated earnings.

Corporate beneficiary

Company tax rate of 30% – in effect, a tax deferral strategy. Dividends paid are usually not frankable and beneficiaries’ personal marginal tax rates apply.


Distributions from trusts are usually passed through to be taxed at the beneficiaries’ personal marginal tax rates, with income often paid to those on lower rates. 

The new generation of investment bonds

Taxed at a maximum of 30% but if tax optimised within the structure, this lowers the long term effective tax rates to generally between 12%-15%⁴. Governed by Life Insurance and Tax legislation, investment bonds have a consistent legislative framework designed to facilitate both the accumulation and distribution of wealth. Investment bonds can offer greater tax-effective wealth transfers with ease.


Five reasons why a Generation Life Investment Bond is the ultimate complementary solution to super:

Steer clear of the proposed Division 296 tax on realised and unrealised gains of super balances over $3m

Minimise the impact of tax bracket creep while increasing after-tax investment returns

Create tax-effective, accessible income streams for early retirement before super access

Exceptional estate planning features with the ability to control how and when your wealth is transferred

Tax-free wealth transfers to dependants and non-dependants upon death

Generation Life has been at the forefront in innovating the tax-effective investing landscape through a new generation of investment bonds, across generations now for over 20 years.

Our proven and market-leading tax smart approach, takes investing in an investment bond one step further and allows us to deliver enhanced after-tax return outcomes for our clients – with no additional investment risk or cost.

Are you an investor?

To find out how you could significantly reduce the impact of tax on your investment returns, speak to your financial adviser. 

Are you a financial adviser?

Help your clients reduce their tax burden. Contact us today to lock in a session with your Distribution Manager and find out how Generation Life’s award-winning investment bonds can be used as tax-effective alternative solutions to superannuation that can build, optimise and transfer wealth.


1. Praemium Advising Australia’s Affluent 2023

2. Kehoe, J. and Read, M, One Million Australians face top tax rate by 2030, published Australian Financial Review 5 Oct 2022.

3. Using the average annual MSCI World ex-Australia (with net dividends reinvested) in Australian dollars index return over the 15-year period to 31 March 2024. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

4. Estimated average tax rates being the estimated average annual tax as a percentage of earnings for each 12-month period over a period of 15 years. Actual tax amounts payable are not guaranteed and may vary from year to year based on, amongst other things, the earnings of an investment option.