End-of-year super strategies

With the end-of-financial year looming, there are some key strategies you can utilise to maximise your nest egg ahead of 30 June. Maximise super contributions Review your contribution types and amounts to ensure you have maximised (not exceeded) your contribution caps for the financial year. The non-concessional contributions cap for 2015/16 is $180,000 or $540,000…

LRBA deadline extended

The ATO has extended its 30 June 2016 deadline to 31 January 2017 for SMSF trustees to review limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBA) for non-arm’s length income. The Tax Office issued the Practical Compliance Guide 2016/5 in April to provide guidance for SMSF trustees to ensure LRBA arrangements are on terms that are consistent with…

Devising an SMSF investment strategy

An investment strategy is fundamental when it comes to self-managed super funds. Not only is having one a statutory requirement, but it also helps SMSF trustees know what to invest in to meet the fund’s investment goal. Above all, an SMSF investment strategy must be designed to help trustees reach their retirement goal. To do…

Superannuation shake up

Changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget will see the shutdown or conversion of tens of thousands of transition to retirement pensions (TTRPs) into full pensions. An estimated 550,000 TTRPs are currently in place around Australia, used mainly by taxpayers in their late 50s and early 60s who are reducing their work hours, or by…

Federal Budget – superannuation flexibility

The Budget has made changes that reflect that the current superannuation system is at a kilter with individuals current lifestyles, with the introduction of more flexibility to address this. Concessional contributions Individuals under the age of 75 will now be able to claim tax deductions for personal superannuation contributions. From 1 July 2017, individuals can…

Federal Budget – superannuation

The Budget has introduced a series of changes to superannuation tax arrangements that are intended to align superannuation with the purpose of providing income in retirement. The key elements of the superannuation changes include: Introducing a transfer balance cap There will be a $1.6 million superannuation transfer balance cap on the total amount of super…

Protecting your SMSF

Most self-managed super fund trustees don’t give much thought as to how much professional indemnity (PI) insurance their advisor has. But since PI insurance is the only course of action to recover lost funds for trustees who become victims of fraud or negligence, it is an essential prerequisite trustees should be aware of. PI insurance…

Acquiring property through an SMSF

Members of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) looking to acquire property through the fund need to be aware of the risks involved in the strategy or risk substantial penalties. One of the considerations investors should be making if they are deciding to put a property in their SMSF is whether the strategy will improve retirement…

Illegal super schemes

Australian taxpayers should be aware that some promoters claim to offer early access to super savings by transferring a person’s super into a self-managed super fund. These schemes are illegal and heavy penalties will apply to those who participate in such schemes. Generally, individuals cannot access their super until they retire or meet a condition…