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Illegal early release from SMSFs on ATO’s high-risk watch list

In a speech given earlier this year, the ATO’s Assistant Commissioner for Superannuation, Dana Fleming, focused on the risk areas that the ATO had identified as being of most concern — and as being most in need of action. Each year the ATO analyses its data to identify the key risk areas that then form

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Keen to maintain your family wealth? Structure spells success

Late in 2018, the comparison website conducted a survey of thousands of Australians and found that about 52% (equivalent to about 10 million citizens if extrapolated to the entire population) did not have a valid will. The risk of dying intestate is of course that one’s assets are likely to be distributed by your

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Time to wind up your SMSF?

There will in all likelihood come a time when you will need to wind up your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). The reasons for winding up are many and varied, but could include: there are no members left – they may have passed away or rolled benefits into other funds there are no assets left –

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Event-based reporting mistakes lead to greater scrutiny of SMSF audits

Since event-based reporting (EBR) started for SMSFs from 1 July 2018, the ATO says an unprecedented number of transfer balance cap reports have required re-reporting. The transfer balance account report (TBAR) is used to report certain events and is separate from the SMSF annual return (SAR). The TBAR enables the ATO to record and track

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