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Can We Expect an Increase in Audit Fees?

Two recent court decisions may well herald a rise in SMSF audit fees. It has long been understood that SMSF trustees should take responsibility for their own investment decisions. There have been claims against advisers and lawyers for inappropriate advice, but auditors have been relatively unscathed – until now. In both cases the trustees willingly entered into...

6 Member SMSFs – Who Cares?

The move to 6 member SMSFs, presumably from 1 July 2019, has been largely regarded as a who-cares moment by SMSF advisers given that four members are already permitted but almost all current SMSFs contain only one or two members. If Labor wins the next election and removes franking credit refunds I predict there will be...

This is what an Excess TBA Determination looks like

In case you haven’t yet seen an excess transfer balance determination you might be interested in the details of one that I’ve been given from an SMSF client who has just transferred his administration to us as a result. His previous accountant had not reduced his pension account to $1.6m as at 1/7/2017. Instead, his $2,876,913 pension...

Aussiegolfa Continues

Breaching the sole purpose test is one of the most serious SMSF trustee transgressions. The ATO have always regarded both the motivation and purpose of an investment as relevant to this consideration. The Full Federal Court decision in the Aussiegolfa case splits the motivation from the purpose and confirms that arrangements that are on arm’s length...

TBAR Alert

By 28th October, some SMSFs will need to have reported any pension establishments or commutations that occurred since July 1. These are the funds that have been self assessed as quarterly reporting for TBAR purposes. To work out if quarterly or annual reporting arrangements apply, an SMSF will need to know the total super balance of all...

Alternative Property Gearing Strategy

Sometimes we encounter an SMSF with members who are non-family business associates. Invariably the fund is holding business real property tenanted by the business. Often such arrangements include a limited recourse borrowing. Where SMSF members/trustees are not family members there is the potential for significant problems in the event of a member’s death. In addition, should...

Breaching the 13.22C Requirements

Last week we mentioned SMSFs investing in 13.22C entities, commonly referred to as related property trusts or companies, and the danger of failing to satisfy the ongoing requirements under Regulation 13.22D. If this occurs the SMSF’s investment in the entity will become a permanent in-house asset as the breach cannot be fixed. If this results in...

Related Party Clarification

Following the last 3 week's posts I have received a number of questions about related party directors. If two individuals are in a partnership they are Part 8 Associates however, if their business venture is operating through a company of which both are Directors, this (of itself) will not make them associates for the purposes of SIS. Commonly,...