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Super for different visas

By On September 18, 2019

Australian employers are required to pay super to their employees when they earn $450 a week or meet specific criteria based on age or industry. Employer requirements can get confusing however when… Read More


Salary sacrificing super

By On September 10, 2019

Contributing extra to your superannuation is a good way to boost your retirement funds. One of the ways you can add more to your super is through salary sacrificing. Salary sacrifice is… Read More


Diversification requirements for SMSFs

By On September 6, 2019

The ATO has identified approximately 17,700 SMSFs where investment strategies may not meet the requirements under regulation 4.09 of the Superannuation Industry Supervision Act (SISA). Records show these SMSFs may hold 90%… Read More


Succession planning for your SMSF

By On August 30, 2019

A mandatory component of managing a self-managed super fund (SMSF) is planning out what will happen to the fund if its trustee were to pass away. While succession planning may not be… Read More


What to look for when choosing a super fund

By On August 21, 2019

Over the course of your life, the contributions made to your superannuation fund can often end up being your greatest asset. Because of this, selecting a super fund is an important decision,… Read More


Ineligible downsizer contributions and how they are administered

By On August 12, 2019

When a downsizer contribution is ineligible, the fund must re-assess the amount in accordance with the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 and the trust deed. This is to determine if the amount… Read More


Illegal early release of super on ATO watch-list

By On August 6, 2019

Illegal early release of super (IER) is one of the risk areas that the ATO has identified as being of most concern and in need of action. Each year, the ATO analyses… Read More


Tax requirements for capped defined benefit income streams 

By On July 29, 2019

Members who receive income from one or more capped defined benefit income streams may have additional tax liabilities. They would then need to calculate their entitlement to the 10% tax offset if… Read More


What SMSF records should you keep?

By On July 22, 2019

A key responsibility for trustees of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) is to ensure proper and accurate tax and superannuation records are kept for the fund. When you have been running your fund… Read More


SMSF rollovers in SuperStream to be deferred

By On July 15, 2019

The 2019-2020 Federal Budget suggested a deferral of the extension of SuperStream to self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) rollovers from 30 November 2019 to 31 March 2021. The commencement of this deferral has… Read More


Claiming a tax deduction for personal super contributions

By On July 9, 2019

Members of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) that are eligible can claim an income tax deduction on personal super contributions. Members that intend to do this must notify their fund trustee before lodging… Read More


PAYG reporting dates approach

By On June 28, 2019

Changes have been made throughout the year regarding SMSFs and their pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding. As the end of the financial year and the due date for PAYG reporting approaches, SMSF trustees should… Read More


Is your SMSF adequately diversified?

By On June 24, 2019

When forming a fund’s investment strategy, diversification is a notable consideration for SMSF trustees. By spreading the investments of a fund across different asset classes and markets that offer varying risks and… Read More


First Home Super Saver Scheme

By On June 18, 2019

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme was introduced in the Federal Budget 2017–18 to reduce pressure on housing affordability. The scheme allows people to save money for their first home inside… Read More


How the ‘Protect Your Super’ changes will affect you

By On June 11, 2019

A number of changes to superannuation will come into effect from 1 July 2019. The ‘Protect Your Superannuation’ Bill passed through Parliament in February and forms part of the Government’s package of… Read More


What and when you need to report in your SMSF

By On June 3, 2019

The event-based reporting (EBR) framework for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) commenced on 1 July 2018. This system allows the ATO to administer the transfer balance cap. Reporting under the EBR framework commences… Read More


In’s and out’s of the super downsizer scheme

By On May 29, 2019

Under the super downsizer scheme, eligible individuals that are 65 years and older may be able to make a contribution into their superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling… Read More


What disqualifies you from an SMSF

By On May 24, 2019

Self-managed super funds are regulated by the ATO and have specific eligibility criteria that members and trustees must follow. While anyone 18 years old or over can be a trustee or director… Read More


ATO warns of TBAR lodgement errors

By On May 10, 2019

With upcoming annual lodgement dates for Transfer Balance Account Reporting (TBAR), the ATO is alerting funds of common lodgement mistakes that could lead to delays and additional processing time. The Transfer Balance… Read More


Super changes to protect employees’ entitlements

By On May 6, 2019

Several revisions from the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No.4) Bill 2018 took effect from 1 April 2019. These measures are designed to help reduce the super guarantee (SG) gap, protect employees’… Read More


Is your SMSF meeting its PAYG obligations?

By On April 29, 2019

The ATO has called on self-managed funds to check whether they are meeting new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding obligations for capped defined benefit income streams paid to their members. SMSFs have PAYG obligations… Read More


Expanded super for older Australians

By On April 12, 2019

The 2019-20 Federal Budget has placed a strong focus on the growth of the economy whilst also having the intention to look after older Australians. Older Australians will benefit from the work… Read More


What is your preservation age?

By On April 1, 2019

Superannuation laws can be confusing for everyone. These procedures often make it difficult to work out when you can retire or if there are any special conditions you need to meet before… Read More


ATO to monitor high-risk LRBAs within SMSFs

By On March 25, 2019

The ATO is focusing on risky Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs) and failures in Transfer Balance Account Reporting (TBAR) in SMSFs this year. They have announced plans to contact trustees with high… Read More


Pension income streams within an SMSF

By On March 18, 2019

One of the best ways to ensure regular, flexible and tax-effective income as a pensioner is through an income stream from your SMSF. As a member, you can receive an income stream… Read More


Superannuation guide for retirement planning

By On March 8, 2019

As the time comes for you to consider leaving the workforce, it is necessary to plan how to make the most of your superannuation in order to strengthen the chances of a… Read More


SMSF areas being monitored by the ATO

By On March 1, 2019

Self-managed super funds are closely monitored by the ATO to ensure regulations are being met across all areas. As SMSF are run by members, it is their responsibility to comply with all… Read More


Do you know where your super is?

By On February 21, 2019

If you’re not close to retiring, you may not be thinking about your super or where it is. Even if you are a way off from retiring, you should be keeping track… Read More


Superannuation tips for each stage of your working life

By On February 14, 2019

A 2018 study revealed that almost 40% of Australians think they won’t have enough money to retire on – and that number is on the rise. Managing your superannuation fund can be… Read More


Didn’t pay your employees’ super on time?

By On February 7, 2019

How to reduce the hassle of missing your employee’s super payment. The Super Guarantee Charge (SGC):The SGC may apply to employers who do not pay the minimum super guarantee (SG) to their… Read More


How to get out of a SMSF

By On January 31, 2019

Sometimes a self-managed super fund (SMSF) isn’t for you. While that is ok, getting out of a SMSF can be a tricky and complicated process. Before starting down this path, you need… Read More


SuperStream to be extended to SMSF rollovers

By On January 24, 2019

First introduced in 2015, SuperStream is a government standard for processing superannuation payments electronically in a streamlined manner. Currently, SuperStream can only process rollovers between two APRA funds electronically but a change… Read More


Superannuation for Women

By On January 18, 2019

It’s no secret that the median super balance for Australian women at the time of retirement is significantly lower than that of their male counterparts. The Australian Commission & Investments Commission (ASIC)… Read More


A guide to consolidating your super

By On December 20, 2018

Merging your super is vital to maximising your retirement savings. Changing jobs over the years will put you at risk of losing some of your super if your previous employers have set… Read More


Authority for super complaints introduced

By On December 14, 2018

The new Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) will make it easier for individuals and small businesses to make complaints about their superannuation financial firms. The Coalition government has responded to criticisms of… Read More


Employer SuperStream checklist

By On December 11, 2018

Employers must make superannuation contributions on behalf of their employees. SuperStream is the ATO’s electronic and standardised solution that streamlines the super payment process. Using SuperStream for employers means: You can use… Read More


ATO warns of illegal early super release

By On November 29, 2018

The ATO has issued a warning to the public regarding illegal early release of super schemes, which are subject to severe penalties. There are strict rules around when you can access your… Read More


Paying super to contractors

By On November 27, 2018

The ATO classifies contractors paid for their labour as employees for superannuation guarantee purposes. This is the case even if the contractor quotes an Australian Business Number (ABN). Eligibility requirementsSuper contributions must… Read More


SMSF trustee investment strategy checklist

By On November 20, 2018

SMSF trustees have the freedom to invest as they choose to grow their retirement savings, which is why it is vital that they check in on their investment strategy regularly. Maximising your… Read More


Trustee reporting obligations checklist

By On November 8, 2018

Trustees must comply with reporting obligations to avoid penalties from the ATO. The following trustee reporting checklist to make sure you are stress-free at tax-time. Trustees must: Value the funds’ assets at… Read More


A checklist for setting up your SMSF

By On October 30, 2018

Setting up an SMSF can be complex, which is why a checklist is useful to streamline your process. Before you set up your SMSF, first determine if having an SMSF is a… Read More


Event-based reporting framework for SMSFs

By On October 21, 2018

The event-based reporting (EBR) framework for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) commenced on 1 July 2018. The initiative allows for the administration of the Transfer balance cap (TBC). Under the EBR framework, you… Read More


Managing risk in your SMSF

By On October 12, 2018

SMSFs provide the trustee autonomy and an increased opportunity to maximise your retirement savings. However, an investment strategy must be accompanied by a risk management plan should some of your investments come… Read More


Choosing the right super risk profile

By On October 5, 2018

Choosing the right super risk profile at the right time can drastically increase your retirement savings. The following considerations will help you invest wisely when it comes to building your retirement nest… Read More


3 easy ways to maximise your super

By On September 28, 2018

Superannuation is more critical than it has ever been. If having an ageing population has taught us anything, it is how managing money now can have substantial ramifications for your retirement plan.… Read More


Paying super for different visas

By On September 24, 2018

Normally employers have to pay a worker super. However, this becomes confusing with the different visas that employees might be on. Some rules are listed below. Paying super to temporary residentsTemporary residents… Read More


Employer super obligations reminder

By On September 14, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding employers to check they are meeting their obligations when it comes to paying super to their workers. To help you make sure you are meeting… Read More


Winding up a SMSF

By On September 6, 2018

The Tax Office is reminding individuals winding up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) that before lodging your final SMSF annual return, you must first have an audit completed by an approved SMSF… Read More


What is exempt current pension income?

By On August 31, 2018

Any ordinary and statutory income a self-managed super fund (SMSF) earns from assets held to support retirement phase income streams is exempt from income tax – this income is commonly referred to… Read More


Avoid being short changed with your super

By On August 24, 2018

With recent regulatory changes to super contributions, it is easier than ever to ensure your employer is paying you the super you are entitled to. There are specific steps you can take… Read More


Super contribution caps: the basics

By On August 20, 2018

Making contributions to your superannuation fund is a great way to grow your nest egg, however, there are caps on the amount you can contribute every financial year to be taxed at… Read More


Protect yourself from early super release scams

By On August 10, 2018

When it comes to protecting your nest egg, avoid getting caught out by a promoter of an illegal early release super scheme. Early release super scheme scams will involve a promoter contacting… Read More


Hiring temporary residents: employer super obligations

By On August 3, 2018

Employers are being reminded by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) not to forget that along with permanent residents; temporary residents are also entitled to super guarantee (SG). In most cases, an employer… Read More


Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

By On July 27, 2018

The Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty was introduced on 24 May 2018 by the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services in a bid to tackle non-payment of employee super. The Amnesty provides a one-off… Read More


Reviewing your super

By On July 20, 2018

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… Read More


SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

By On July 13, 2018

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… Read More


ASIC’s view on SMSFs as ‘one-stop property shops’

By On July 6, 2018

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… Read More


ATO advice for SMSF members with a market-linked pension

By On June 29, 2018

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… Read More


SMSFs: reporting change

By On June 22, 2018

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… Read More


Changes to SMSF 2017-18 annual return

By On June 15, 2018

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… Read More


Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

By On June 8, 2018

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… Read More


First Home Super Saver Scheme

By On June 1, 2018

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… Read More


Claiming personal super contributions deductions

By On May 25, 2018

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… Read More


How the new super measures will apply to SMSFs

By On May 18, 2018

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… Read More


Budget 2018: living longer

By On May 8, 2018

The Government is introducing a series of new measures designed to help Australians keep a greater portion of their superannuation savings pie. Insurance opt-in Insurance within super may not be suitable for… Read More


Upcoming deadline for SMSF 2016-17 returns

By On May 7, 2018

Self managed super fund (SMSF) trustees are reminded that the deadline for their 2016-17 annual return is fast approaching. The extended due date for annual SMSF returns is 30 June 2018. As… Read More


Topping up your super with downsizer payments

By On April 27, 2018

Due to new super measures introduced by the Government, Australians will now be able to contribute part of the proceeds of the sale of their home towards their superannuation. From 1 July… Read More


How to catch out an illegal super scheme

By On April 19, 2018

When a super scheme seems too good to be true, it often is. Many illegal super schemes are operating in Australia, so it is crucial to understand the characteristics of such schemes.… Read More


Staying ‘super’ compliant

By On April 16, 2018

Employers have a legal responsibility to pay eligible employees superannuation to provide for their retirement. And although most employers do the right thing, some do try to bend the rules which can… Read More


ATO alerts issued for unclaimed super

By On April 6, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will be contacting 80,000 individuals, starting this week, to alert them of unclaimed super. An email campaign will alert members about ATO-held unclaimed super money from 5… Read More


Non-arm’s length income from trusts and SMSFs

By On March 28, 2018

The ATO is reminding self-managed super funds (SMSFs) of the rules regarding non-arm’s length income from trusts. The non-arm’s length income rules can apply to investments, transactions and other arrangements undertaken by… Read More


SMSFs and cryptocurrencies

By On March 23, 2018

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular over the past few years. As many keen investors jump on board, the ATO is reminding SMSFs to be aware of the tax consequences.… Read More


Eligibility for the downsizer measure

By On March 16, 2018

As of 1 July 2018, the Government will introduce a new measure that allows the contribution of up to $300,000 of proceeds from downsizing a home to be added to superannuation. The… Read More


Setting up your SMSF correctly

By On March 9, 2018

Setting up your self-managed super fund can be a daunting process; you want to ensure you are covering all legal requirements throughout the process. The Australian Taxation Office has outlined steps to… Read More


Common SMSF mistakes to avoid

By On March 5, 2018

Running a self-managed super fund can be a great strategy for your super and your retirement, provided you manage it correctly. To ensure you can enjoy the later stages of life and… Read More


The in’s and out’s of asset allocation

By On February 22, 2018

Deciding where to allocate your assets can be confusing and even daunting, particularly if you aren’t confident in your knowledge of the current financial sphere. Consider the following in’s and out’s of… Read More


Understanding various kinds of super fees

By On February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is… Read More


Understanding the First Home Super Saver Scheme

By On February 6, 2018

With much controversial discussion surrounding the First Home Super Saver Scheme, understanding exactly what the Scheme entails is necessary. The scheme was announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget as a means to… Read More


Maximising your SMSF returns

By On February 2, 2018

Many Australians opt for a self-managed super fund but fail to understand how to truly make it perform optimally. If you have an SMSF and are serious about maximising your returns, consider… Read More


Succession planning and the transfer balance cap

By On January 24, 2018

The superannuation transfer balance caps have been problematic for SMSF members who don’t take careful consideration when succession planning. Failure to understand the impact of these transfer balance cap changes can have… Read More


Secrets to a savvy SMSF

By On January 19, 2018

Opting for a self-managed super fund (SMSF) can be a clever financial decision, but it’s not for everyone. If you aren’t prepared to adhere to the following tips, your SMSF will most… Read More


Super funds boast high returns in 2017

By On January 12, 2018

Superannuation funds in Australia have delivered a return of 10.5 per cent for 2017 – the first double-digit growth since 2013. According to recent findings, there was a 1.3 per cent rise… Read More


Super housing legislation

By On December 20, 2017

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme and the downsizing contributions into superannuation measures passed Parliament on 13 December 2017. As of 1 July 2017, individuals can make voluntary concessional and non-concessional… Read More


Excess Transfer Balance Determinations from January 2018

By On December 14, 2017

The Australian Tax Office will start sending Excess Transfer Balance (ETB) Determinations from January 2018. ETB determinations will be sent to any individuals who have exceeded their transfer balance cap and have… Read More


ATO action on overdue SMSF annual returns

By On December 7, 2017

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is cracking down on self-managed super funds (SMSFs) that have overdue SMSF annual returns, particularly those with two or more returns overdue. As part of its compliance… Read More


SMSF preparations for 2018

By On November 30, 2017

As the new year fast approaches, there are a number of considerations SMSF trustees should be aware of leading into 2018. Before the end of the year, take time to address the… Read More


SMSFs warned of risky retirement planning

By On November 21, 2017

The ATO is warning self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees about the risks of some emerging retirement planning arrangements. Retirees or SMSF trustees who are involved in any illegal arrangement, even by accident,… Read More


SMSF annual return for pension phase trustees

By On November 14, 2017

Self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees who are in pension phase must lodge their SMSF annual returns if they remain active, or choose to wind up the fund. The ATO is warning SMSF… Read More


SMSFs: Stats

By On November 12, 2017

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has released its June 2017 quarterly SMSF statistical report detailing key SMSF figures. As of June 2017, the number of SMSFs increased to 596,516. The number of… Read More


SMSF: Capital vs revenue expenses

By On November 2, 2017

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have access to a range of tax deductions for expenses incurred. Whether the expenses are capital in nature or are considered as revenue will affect eligibility for claiming… Read More


Lower House passes first home super scheme

By On October 27, 2017

While many Australian’s sit firmly on either side of the first home super scheme debate, the Lower House has passed the scheme. The scheme was proposed in the Budget released in May… Read More


Super co-contributions

By On October 20, 2017

Individuals may be eligible for a Government super co-contribution. A Government co-contribution means the Government adds to your super. You may be eligible for the super co-contribution, low-income super contribution (LISC) from… Read More


Splitting super

By On October 13, 2017

When partners in a SMSF separate, there are specific legal and tax implications that should be considered. It is possible to split super benefits, i.e., transfer assets, such as property, from one… Read More


Transfer balance account report now available

By On October 6, 2017

The new transfer balance account report (TBAR) is available on the ATO’s website. Self-managed super funds can use the TBAR report to report events that affect an individual member’s transfer balance account.… Read More


Keeping your SMSF compliant while overseas

By On September 29, 2017

Travelling overseas for an extended period of time is an exciting adventure. What isn’t so exciting is the prospect of breaking compliance laws in relation to your SMSF while enjoying your trip.… Read More


How does the super guarantee charge work?

By On September 22, 2017

Employers who do not pay the minimum amount of super guarantee for their employee(s) by the due date may have to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC). The charge is made up… Read More


New measures to crack down on super non-compliance

By On September 15, 2017

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will receive additional funding for a Superannuation Guarantee Taskforce to crack down on non-compliance by employers. The Government has announced a package of reforms to close a… Read More


Strategies to bulk up your super before retirement

By On September 7, 2017

To retire comfortably, you should be doing everything you can while still in the workforce to make sure your superannuation is as fruitful as possible. Consider the following: Consolidate super into one… Read More


Carrying on a business in an SMSF

By On September 1, 2017

Self-managed super funds can carry on a business providing the business is allowed under the trust deed and operated for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits for fund members. Carrying on… Read More


Identifying undervalued assets

By On August 25, 2017

Recent research has found that an alarming 31 per cent of SMSF trustees consider choosing investments as one of the hardest aspects of running an SMSF. Value investing is one such strategy… Read More

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