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NCC Extension to Age 67 Misses Parliamentary Vote

Parliament has now concluded its June sitting days without voting on the Bill which was intended to extend the bring forward non concessional contribution age to 67. This means it will not become law before 30 June 2020. Previously the work test age was extended to 67 so, collectively, both rules provided an opportunity for members...

Related Party LRBA Interest Rate

The related party LRBA interest rates under the safe harbour provisions have been announced for 2020/21. A lesser rate may be utilised provided it can be justified as comparable to an arm's length lender. Financial Year Real Property Listed Shares/Units 2020/21 5.1% 7.1% 2019/20 5.94% 7.94% 2018/19 5.8% 7.8% 2017/18 5.8% 7.8% 2016/17 5.65% 7.65% 2015/16 5.75% 7.75%  ...

End of Financial Year Check List

This check list includes matters that aren’t exclusively End of Financial Year but might be also addressed at this time for the sake of convenience. Some items constitute financial advice so require licensing. Check that concessional contributions have not breached the $25,000 limit. Remember that, if they have, the excess may count against the non-concessional limit...

New Service Option to Increase Adviser Efficiency

The introduction of our new portal gives us the ability to offer advisers an additional, no cost, service enhancement. Under our standard wholesale service, we receive little to no contact from the adviser’s trustee clients and vice versa. The adviser’s office is the central point for all communications. We have no problems with this and know that...

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 ...