retirement

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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The long and short of the super downsizer scheme

    Under the superannuation downsizer scheme, from 1 July 2018, people aged 65 and older can make a non-concessional (post-tax) contribution of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling what was once their family home. Existing contribution caps and restrictions will not apply to the downsizer contribution. The downsizer scheme was one of

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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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