Considering investing in your child’s name? Tread carefully

September 5, 2018

We all want what’s best for our children. So while investing in their name from an early stage might sound like a great idea, you need to tread as carefully as you would around an abandoned lego construction site.

We all want what’s best for our children. So while investing in their name from an early stage might sound like a great idea, you need to tread as carefully as you would around an abandoned lego construction site.

Some people invest in their child’s name as a way of engaging with them and encouraging them to invest in their future from an early age.

That said, there actually aren’t that many pros to putting money away on their behalf.

As it stands, minors can earn up to $416 per year tax-free before high tax rates kick in.

This means the pros are most likely outweighed by the cons when it comes to investing in your child’s name.

The downsides

The first downside of investing in your child’s name is the difficulty involved.

Most fund managers won’t accept direct applications from minors due to the potential legal implications, while some companies prohibit shares from being purchased by anyone under the age of 18.

Additionally, a few decades ago the Australian government closed a loophole which was thought to allow wealthy parents to escape tax responsibilities by investing money in the name of a minor.

This means once a child’s unearned income has exceeded $416 a year tax rates of up to 66% now apply.

Some alternatives

There are a number of alternatives to investing which could result in a higher return, including investment bonds.

If your family pays a higher rate of tax – particularly if both parents are working – investment bonds could be a more effective way to invest and save on tax. That’s because earnings are taxed at 30% within the bond.

Investment bonds are also handy when it comes to your kids because they’re designed for the long-term. Usually 10 years or more.

They can then be transferred when the child comes of age.

You could also benefit from investing in the name of an adult spouse with a lower income.

However, if you’re looking to invest in stocks and shares or an exchange-traded fund (ETF) semi-regularly, bear in mind you’ll need to put away larger sums to make the brokerage costs worthwhile.

Want help?

If you’d like help investing in both your child’s name and their future, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

That way the only costly misstep you’ll have to worry about is that of the scattered lego kind.

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