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Fee Reduction

As we have been able to negotiate a more competitive arrangement with our legal outsourcers we are pleased to pass on these savings to you. Effective immediately; Our fee for providing a new trust deed, all necessary registrations, minutes and bank account opening (if required) has been reduced from $635 to $300. Our fee for establishing a corporate trustee,...

Further Clarification of Super Proposals

The operation of the bring forward provisions under the proposed new regime is a little different to the current rules. The assumption that the full $540k bring forward limit can be carried forward to the next two years is not correct. Let’s consider a few cases. If a member (under age 65) begins their 3 year bring forward...

Proposed NCC Budget Changes relaxed

In a previous newsletter we canvassed the problems that the proposed NCC cap changes announced in the budget would create for those seeking to rectify uncommercial, related party, limited recourse loans. Effectively the changes, if implemented, would generally remove the ability to reduce existing loans by forgiving the debt and converting it to a non concessional...

End of Year Checklist

As we approach the end of this very eventful financial year we have, once again, prepared a list of items that may not only be used to ensure your clients satisfy their compliance obligations but may also prompt you to consider other useful items as well. We suspect that our 21 point checklist is probably the...

25th May 2016

In light of the Budget announcements we have had numerous enquiries regarding the level of non concessional contributions made by fund members since 1 July 2007. The ATO have advised that they can provide this information for the period ending 30 June 2015 provided that individuals and funds have met their lodgement obligations to date. They have...

5th May 2016

Most of the budget measures will not take effect until 1 July 2017. A marked exception is the change to non-concessional contribution caps. This will take effect, subject to the successful passage of the relevant legislation, from 7.30 pm on 3 May 2016. The new lifetime limit of $500,000, reduced by any such contributions made from 1...

3rd May 2016

This budget has significant superannuation ramifications that will be canvassed over the coming days, weeks and months. It represents numerous planning opportunities. These will not be discussed here. What follows is a summary of the budget super measures taken, largely verbatim, from the budget papers. Utilising Unused Concessional Contribution Caps in Later Years From 1 July 2017, the...

28th April 2016

As you are no doubt aware the only UK pension fund transfers that can currently be accepted are those to HMRC approved super funds. As each fund must contain a minimum 55 year age restriction, only SMSFs are currently capable of gaining the requisite approval. We have processed quite a number to date. Unfortunately the process...