Smsf

SMSFs, tempted by higher yields, should read this report first

SMSFs, tempted by higher yields, should read this report first. Trustees, in the scramble for yield in a lower interest rate environment, would be well advised to read the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) seventh annual report on scams activity. By far the most concerning trend in the ACCC’s data related to investment scams,

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Non-arm’s length LRBA grace period is to be extended

Non-arm’s length LRBA grace period is to be extended. Continuing from the ATO’s determinations that limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBA) maintained not on arm’s length terms give rise to non-arm’s length income (NALI), the ATO’s deadline for fixing the terms of existing LRBAs was 30 June 2016. However, additional time has been granted and now

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A successful SMSF wind up depends on having the right documents

When trustees have made the decision that an SMSF is no longer appropriate for their circumstances, it’s important to ensure the fund is wound up correctly. A successful SMSF wind up depends on having the right documents. Winding up an SMSF can be a complex process, with all the paperwork and administration involved. Having the

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Your SMSF trustee clients now have a $500,000 conundrum

It would be something of an understatement to say that a spanner has been thrown in the works with the just-announced government plan to set a lifetime cap of $500,000 on non-concessional contributions. So your SMSF trustee clients now have a $500,000 conundrum. The measure is not yet law, and there is no certainty it

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SMSFs: ATO cautions about transition-to-retirement and “lump sums”

SMSFs: ATO cautions about transition-to-retirement and “lump sums” The ATO has issued a statement regarding SMSFs and transition to retirement income streams (TRIS*), saying that it has noticed over the past year a number of articles and “external presentations” that have, intentionally or otherwise, mis-represented the way these income streams are meant to operate. The

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SMSFs: Your ‘safe harbour’ guidelines have been released

SMSFs: Your ‘safe harbour’ guidelines have been released. Finally, SMSF trustees can get some assurance of doing the right thing.  The ATO has released guidance on the arm’s length terms (commonly known as the “safe harbour” terms) when an SMSF acquires an asset under limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs). This has been a difficult issue

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Super savings could be available in an emergency

Severe financial hardship, terminal illness, specified compassionate reasons, permanent incapacity and other limited circumstances can serve as grounds for withdrawing pre-retirement or preserved super.  Strict rules do apply to accessing these funds. Overseen by the Department of Human Services, the “early release of superannuation” scheme allows super to be withdrawn in one or more of

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Artworks and collectibles may not be correctly accounted for, says ATO

To properly assess artworks and collectibles owned by taxpayers, the ATO says it is working with insurance companies to identify the owners of these sorts of assets. Artworks and collectibles may not be correctly accounted for, says ATO The ATO says it has identified instances where “lifestyle assets” are not being properly accounted for. It

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Rejected super tax reforms could be back on the table

Reforms to superannuation taxes seem to be firmly back on the negotiating table after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s mini-summit last week. Business and community group participants were reportedly in near-unanimous agreement that tax concessions were in need of review in the reform process to ensure these were “fit for purpose” in Australia’s future tax landscape.

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