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ATO Score Card

A mandatory, minimum standard to which all SMSF administrators aspire is to lodge every SMSF with the ATO before their respective lodgement dates. The only way this can be achieved is for the administrator to be focused and to have the active cooperation of the auditor, actuary, adviser, trustee, investment houses and any other involved entity....

Superannuation & Same Sex Marriage

Given the currency of this topic it is worth reflecting on its relevance to superannuation. Essentially the superannuation rights of a defacto partner (including same sex couples) are much the same as those joined by marriage. They are not identical though. The difference can be significant when applied to death benefits. Couples joined by marriage hold indisputable proof...

Service Enhancements

As you know, we are always seeking ways of improving our service offering to you, our alliance partners. The SMSF administration process requires us to gather information and documentation to substantiate the Financial Statement data each year. We try to gather much of this independently with as little disruption to your team as possible but, on occasion,...

ECPI Controversy

There has been a practical resolution to the argument surrounding the need for actuarial certificates for funds that have been in pension for the whole year except for a partial commutation on 30th June 2017 to satisfy the transfer balance cap. The ATO’s view is that all such funds require an actuarial certificate for the day and...

New Product

We are excited to announce a new product solution for your clients – E-PROCESS! With a fixed fee price of $990 ($82.50/mth) for administration and a reduced yearly audit fee of $250 it is an affordable product with the same high quality features you expect from us. E-Process is a wholesale, download only solution. This means it applies...

Transfer Balance Account Reporting

The ATO has released a discussion paper on the new Transfer Balance Account Reporting regime. Significantly, the paper assumes that the merits, desirability and practical implementation of the new regime are settled. What is now open for discussion are two alternative implementation options concerning which events should be reported 10 days from month end and which...

ASIC SPAM Emails

We have noticed that there has been an increase in emails supposedly from ASIC requesting that the Business Name or Company Renewal is due. If we are your registered agent you will not receive these emails. Before clicking the links please check the sender address, if it ends in AustralianGovernment.com it is not from ASIC. If it also...

Order of Pension Commutation

In our last newsletter we announced the release of our documentation tool which satisfies the requirements of PCG 2017/5. Where the member has multiple pensions, the completion of this document involves the selection of the order in which pensions are to be commuted. The selection will involve the following considerations. Firstly, which pensions, if any, are grandfathered...