Bitcoin: Its place in your wallet or SMSF portfolio

  The dramatic rise in value (and then fall) of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has sparked interest among SMSF trustees on its potential as an investment, particularly in a marketplace of low-interest rates, erratic sharemarkets and an easing in property. While bitcoin may be the most well-known cryptocurrency, there are nearly 1,500 in existence. In

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Get ready to party for International Accounting Day

  It may not be widely recognised, but readers are probably aware that accountants know how to have fun. In fact, there’s even an “International Accounting Day” every year — and naturally it’s being held this year on the best day of the week, this coming Saturday. There is some variation on the dates on

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ATO is scanning for personal services income diverted to SMSFs

  The ATO has announced that it is reviewing arrangements where members of an SMSF (typically at, or approaching, retirement age) purport to divert income earned from their personal services (that is, PSI) to their fund, which results in minimising or even avoiding tax altogether on that income. The ATO says these arrangements typically display

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The shake up that’s coming to Division 7A

  Discussion about reforms to Division 7A has been bouncing back and forth between the tax practitioner community and Treasury/ATO for many years — since the end of 2012 in fact. And while it’s been tempting to conclude that the powers-that-be perhaps don’t really want change, and were stonewalling us all along, a definite crack

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