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Reviewing your super Posted on Jul 19, 2018 by admin

Super

The ATO is encouraging taxpayers to review their super this tax time. Finding lost super or consolidating any unwanted multiple accounts can make a massive difference to your nest egg. There is over $18 billion in lost and unclaimed super. Those who have changed their name, address, job or lived overseas are at high risk of having lost super. During the last five years, more than $10.7 billion of super has been consolidated from over 2.1 million accounts through ATO online services. The ATO is also reminding taxpayers that the new super deduction is available. Most people under 75 years […]

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release Posted on Jul 13, 2018 by admin

Super

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early. A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released. The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so. Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution. The Tax Office encourages those members who have been […]

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ASIC’s view on SMSFs as ‘one-stop property shops’ Posted on Jul 5, 2018 by admin

Super

The Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) has released a new report highlighting its view on the setup of SMSFs for property investments using ‘one-stop shop’ models. ‘One-stop shop models’ tend to promote the purchase of residential property through SMSF borrowing. They are usually arranged by groups of real estate agents, developers, mortgage brokers, financial advisers and so forth. This model creates conflicts of interest that may affect the advice given to set up an SMSF. For example, these businesses take advantage of customers with limited or no knowledge of SMSFs or super and have the potential to cause major financial […]

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ATO advice for SMSF members with a market-linked pension Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by admin

Super

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has recently been made aware of circumstances where a member of a SMSF commences a new market-linked pension and unintentionally exceeds their transfer balance cap. An individual may have exceeded their transfer balance cap if they were receiving a life expectancy or market-linked pension just before 1 July 2017 (which was a capped defined benefit income stream) and then commuted the pension on or after 1 July 2017 and the transfer balance debit is nil under the special value rule in Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 subsection 294-1245(1); and then commenced a new market-linked pension. […]

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SMSFs: reporting change Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by admin

Super

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are required to provide an accumulation phase value (APV) on their transfer balance account report for 30 June 2017 in certain circumstances. SMSFs should note, APV is often different to the account balance of the SMSF member’s accumulation phase assets. This is due to the exit and administration fees and realisation costs that would be taken into account if the SMSF member would voluntarily close their account. APV is a component of a member’s total super balance which shows the value of the member’s assets in the accumulation phase at 30 June. Providing a member’s APV […]

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Changes to SMSF 2017-18 annual return Posted on Jun 15, 2018 by admin

Super

There is a number of changes to the 2017-18 Self-managed super fund annual return (SAR) thanks to the super changes which came into effect on 1 July 2017. Transition to retirement income stream (TRIS) accountThe ATO has included a new label for the number of TRIS accounts an SMSF member has in accumulation phase. A TRIS account is in accumulation phase unless the SMSF member has reached 65 years of age or has met another ‘nil’ cashing restriction condition of release (i.e., permanent incapacity, retirement or a terminal medical condition) and has advised their fund. Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBA)New […]

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Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty Posted on Jun 7, 2018 by admin

Super

In a bid to tackle non-payment of employee superannuation, the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced the beginning of a 12-month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty) on 24 May 2018. The Amnesty provides employers with a one-off chance to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without incurring a penalty and is available until 23 May 2019 (subject to the passage of legislation). Employers who take advantage of the Amnesty will avoid: penalties and charges that may apply to late payments; and are entitled to deductions for catch-up payments made during the Amnesty period to the employee’s regulated super fund […]

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First Home Super Saver Scheme Posted on May 30, 2018 by admin

Super

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) is a scheme that enables Australians to save for their first home inside their superannuation fund. The plan allows for faster saving with the before tax (concessional) treatment within super. The 2017-18 Budget allowed individuals to make voluntary concessional and non-concessional payments into their super to save for their first home as of 1 July 2017. From 1 July 2018, individuals can apply to release their voluntary payments and associated earnings, to buy their first home. To apply for the release of these funds, individuals must be at least 18 years old and: – […]

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Claiming personal super contributions deductions Posted on May 25, 2018 by admin

Super

More taxpayers can now claim a personal super contributions deductions this tax time due to the removal of the 10 per cent maximum earnings condition that came into effect from 1 July 2017. Eligible individuals include those who earn their income from: Salary and wages A personal business (self-employment) Investments such as interest, dividends, rent and capital gains Government pensions or allowances Super Partnership or trust distributions A foreign source Those who wish to claim a deduction need to: Make personal after-tax super contributions directly to their super fund before 30 June 2018, if they have not already contributed this […]

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How the new super measures will apply to SMSFs Posted on May 17, 2018 by admin

Super

The Government has introduced new measures to allow SMSF members to access their super for their first home or make contributions to their super from the sale of downsizing their home. SMSFs should be aware of the following: Downsizing From 1 July 2018, SMSF members who are 65 or over and exchange a contract of sale of their main residence may be eligible to make a downsizer contribution of up to $300,000 into their super without affecting their total super balance or contributions cap for the year. This contribution will count towards the transfer balance cap and be taken into […]

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