Self Managed Super Funds

SMSF Info CategoryHere you will find important updates and information for SMSF trustees and those considering starting their own self-managed superannuation fund.

SMSF commutation requests: How to get the green light from the ATO

The ATO has issued guidance on its approach to commutation requests, which is an essential piece of information for SMSF trustees because it explains which commutation requests will not be subject to an ATO review. With recently introduced superannuation rules now in effect (from 1 July 2017), superannuation members with income streams that are valued […]

Require specific ATO advice on your SMSF? There’s a form for that

The ATO says it can provide tailored technical assistance for SMSF trustees in some circumstances, orally or in writing, depending on the nature and complexity of their query. For example, you may need to seek tailored technical assistance if: you are not able to find the ATO’s view of how the law applies to a […]

Valuations and your SMSF

The days of a lax approach to valuations are over.  While there is not always the need to employ a qualified independent valuer for each valuation, there are important circumstances where it is mandated, and others where it is recommended.  Where one is not used then appropriate documentation needs to be kept of how valuations […]

Can an SMSF invest in property development?

The ATO has been sending some mixed messages about property development involving an SMSF, and has indicated that it is one of the issues on its radar for 2018.  So is property development an allowable investment for an SMSF? The short answer yes, but be careful. A longer answer is be very careful — it […]

What if you are forced to unwind your LRBA?

Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) were once all the rage in SMSF land. However, with the tightening of banking rules this frenzy has begun to abate somewhat over the last few years. LRBAs are great in a growing market as they allow an SMSF to grow the value of assets it holds in the expectation […]

Child death benefit recipients and the transfer cap

The death of a parent is hard on all those involved, however once the grieving  has eased, a time comes to address financial matters.  One of these issues can be what happens to any superannuation they have left. Making things harder is the fact that the new transfer balance cap (TBC) brought in as of […]

Tax deductions specifically for SMSFs

One overarching fundamental that SMSF trustees should ideally keep in mind is the sole purpose test — that is, every decision made and action taken is required to be seen as being undertaken for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits for the fund’s members. If an SMSF trustee incurs an expense in the usual […]

SMSFs and the in-house asset rules explained

A not-uncommon conundrum for many SMSF trustees is what to do when the fund is found to have breached the in-house asset rules. There are also some common misconceptions about these regulations that keep resurfacing. What does the ATO say in relation to the in-house asset rules? Recent ATO statistics on the SMSF sector show […]

SMSF compliance focus for 2016-17

The ATO has announced the approach it intends to take over 2016-17 with regard to SMSF compliance. It says trustees will see some key shifts in the ATO’s emphasis, both in terms of the activities it undertakes and the levels of enforcement action it applies. The ATO says its key focus areas will be: to […]

Setting up an SMSF: What you need to know

There are tempting tax incentives for Australians to save for their retirement via the superannuation system, with an array of choice between superannuation funds that can manage your savings for you, but also the do-it-yourself option of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). Managing your own retirement savings however is a huge responsibility and one that […]