retirement

SG amnesty: Are reports of ATO leniency off the mark?

  The failure of the Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty to pass into law has led to a problem. To recap, the Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty was to be available for the 12-month period from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019. To get the benefits of the amnesty (set out below) employers must during this 12-month period

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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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How much do we need to put aside for retirement?

  How much do you need to retire? When it comes to superannuation and retirement savings, it seems that size really does matter. There are other considerations of course, but for the most part the focus will be on finances when people aim to “improve” their post-work life prospects. The question of how much retirement

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The pension loans scheme

  To help pensioners who are asset rich but income poor, the government launched its own version of a financial product that has been commercially available for some time, the reverse mortgage. The government’s answer is its pension loans scheme (PLS), whereby a pensioner can apply for a non-taxable loan using some form of real

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Forced unwinding of your LRBA? Best to have a contingency plan

  Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) were once all the rage in SMSF land. However, with the tightening of banking rules this frenzy has begun to abate somewhat over the last few years. LRBAs are great in a growing market as they allow an SMSF to grow the value of assets it holds in the

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