smsfs

Asset valuations and the contribution caps

Asset valuations and the contribution caps are both contentious issues, with many SMSFs failing to regularly update their asset valuations and some auditors turning a blind eye. And SMSF auditors who do the wrong thing in relation to valuations may also find themselves facing action by ASIC. The new contribution caps require that assets of

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Key issues for SMSFs still in need of clarification

Among the superannuation reforms that many SMSF members are still coming to terms with is the introduction of a concept of “total superannuation balance”. On the surface, an individual may simply think that it is the sum of balances of their superannuation interests. However, this is not the case. Commissioner’s guidance on this matter includes

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Can an SMSF invest in property development?

The ATO has been sending some mixed messages about property development involving an SMSF, and has indicated that it is one of the issues on its radar for 2018. So is property development an allowable investment for an SMSF? The short answer yes, but be careful. A longer answer is be very careful — it

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Events based reporting: What does it mean for SMSF trustees?

The first signs of disquiet in the SMSF sector started not too far into the current income year when confirmation signs started to emerge that the ATO, for the purpose of the then recently introduced transfer balance cap, would soon require SMSF trustees to report certain events on a real-time basis. It is understood that

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SMSF trustees need to stay alert to survive

Another example of the reason SMSF trustees need to stay alert to survive and must constantly stay on top of developments occurring in the self managed super fund field surfaced earlier this month. The ATO went public with information that SMSF trustees in particular could be targeted by promoters of retirement planning arrangements that —

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