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NCC Patience Has Its Rewards

Members who have turned 65 this year need to be cautious about utilising their 3 year NCC bring forward provision in 2020 as they may be disadvantaged if they aren’t patient. Legislation has been tabled in the House of Representatives that will affect the optimum timing for such contributions. With the last sitting day for both Houses...

Beware the Pension Trap

There is a danger that new pensions may be commenced that inadvertently breach the transfer balance cap. A member’s existing transfer balance account is unaffected by a drop in market valuations, so the member’s current pension balance is no guide to their available cap. In any case, the TBA should be checked - just in case...

Short Form COVID-19 ROAs

The five professional bodies have released Record of Advice templates to satisfy the truncated regulatory requirements for early release of superannuation benefits. This link to the SMSF Association's web site provides you with the necessary facilities....

COVID-19 SOA Relief

ASIC has advised that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, advisers will not need to provide an SOA when providing advice around early access to super. Even tax agents can give advice to existing clients about early access to super without needing to hold an Australian financial services licence. These measures only apply if fees are capped at $300 ...

Commercial Leasing COVID Code deficiency

The Government’s Code is seriously deficient as it seeks to deal with a three point problem by addressing only two of them. The government acknowledges that the question of rental relief needs to be addressed via consultation between the tenant, landlord and the landlord’s banker but the Code only materially addresses the first two. This places...

Working From Home Deductions

The ATO has provided a simple solution to determining the deductibility issues surrounding home expenses. To claim a deduction for working from home, all of the following must apply: you must have spent the money the expense must be directly related to earning your income you must have a record to prove it the expense has not...

COVID-19 Early Release

The ATO have released CRT Alert 004/2020 which contains the manner in which early superannuation release is to be implemented. Applications will be available from Monday 20 April from either the myGov site or phone. The member will need to provide; a list of open superannuation accounts they have and the last account balance reported for that...

Some Covid-19 Early Release Clarification

Here are some further clarifications of the Covid-19 early superannuation release measures; They received Royal Assent on 24 March but are not active until 20 April. Member’s wishing to withdraw under these provisions must make application to the ATO via the MyGov site. Expressions of interest can be made now but they will not be processed...