ATO launches Super Scheme Smart

The Australian Tax Office has launched a new initiative called Super Scheme Smart to help educate individuals about the pitfalls of certain retirement planning schemes and how to protect their retirement nest egg. Each year the ATO discovers complex tax schemes and arrangements designed by promoters solely for the purpose of helping people avoid tax.…

ATO outlines common FBT mistakes

Fringe benefits tax (FBT) is a tax an employer pays on certain benefits they provide to their employees, including their employees’ family or other associates. The benefit may be in addition to, or part of, their salary or wages package. Fringe benefits tax is separate to income tax and is calculated on the taxable value…

Managing SMSF losses

Carrying forward significant capital losses can be a viable strategy for trustees wanting to offset gains and achieve tax savings in the near future. This kind of strategy is suitable in circumstances where it is likely that younger members may join the fund or when members are considering switching back to the accumulation phase. One…

ATO advice for SMSFs with related-party loans

The ATO has recently provided recommendations for self-managed super funds (SMSF) trustees with related party LRBAs that are lodging before the 31 January 2017 compliance deadline. The Tax Office stated that the relevant income of an SMSF is considered NALI (non-arm’s length income), and should be reported as such in the SMSF’s 2016 annual return,…