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Excess Contributions – Part 1

Members need to be aware that the concessional contributions they believe they have made via their pay slips will often not match what has been contributed to their superannuation fund. This is because the fund will not receive the last quarter’s contribution until July. This timing factor can easily result in an inadvertent breach of the...

ATO Direct Trustee Alert

The ATO are now issuing alerts directly to trustees via email and/or text messages when any changes are made within their SMSF. This includes changes to: financial institution account details electronic service address (ESA) authorised contact or members. The purpose of the measure is to prevent fraud and mismanagement and works in conjunction with similar notifications from...

Bushfire Valuations

Valuations on properties affected by the bushfires will directly affect some SMSFs now. Pre-fire valuations will be used for the 2019 financials so will still be a determinant for each member’s 2019 total super balance. They will also contribute to closing pension balances which will determine the minimum level of pension that must be drawn for the...

SMSFs & Fire Relief

Catastrophic bush fires continue to cause unimaginable loss and damage. In their aftermath, the loss of regular income from employment and businesses will cause ongoing financial stress to many who may well be asking if they can access their superannuation. Others may wonder if they may access their superannuation to assist those in need. SMSF members, as...

Beware of Automatic Triggers of Release

Recent press has drawn attention to the risk of inadvertently converting a member balance to unrestricted non-preserved. This effects both the total super balance treatment of certain SMSF limited recourse borrowings and also to members’ transfer balance accounts arising from the transfer of transition to retirement pensions to retirement phase pensions, potentially breaching the transfer balance...

Property Travel Costs Disallowed

SMSF trustees cannot claim travel expenses relating to residential investment property. This restriction has been in place since 1 July 2018 but is still not widely known. Removing this deduction reduces the potential of it being used as an early release mechanism whereby the SMSF is used to fund an annual trustee holiday to some exotic...

New Work Test Exemption for Over 65s

Though its application is limited, there is a new work test exemption for super contributions that’s been effective since 1 July 2019. A voluntary super contribution can now be made for a member, over age 65 but under age 75, in the first income year after retirement. This means that a 67-year-old individual, that retired in the...

Beware the Small Business CGT Concessions

The Holy Grail of the small business CGT exemptions is the 15 year exemption which provides, not only CGT exemptness, but also a $1.515M super contribution irrespective of a member’s total super balance. Be careful though. Apart from the obvious qualification requirements, over 55 and either small business and relevant assets of less than $6m or turnover...