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Myth busted: Retirees tend to not run down super savings quickly

A report released by the Actuaries Institute last week on retirement income showed that drawdown behaviour of retirees are similar across the board, regardless of the size or type of retirement savings accounts. Retirees super savings quickly The Actuaries Institute’s Retirement Income Market Report, which it labelled as “the most comprehensive study of Australian superannuation

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Super schemes: If in doubt, check it out

The ATO says about super schemes, if in doubt, check it out. The ATO says it has seen an increase in aggressive tax planning schemes targeting retirement savings, at a time when more than one third of Australians are approaching retirement and are looking at ways to maximise their retirement assets and income. Super schemes doubt

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Taxpayers Australia becomes Tax & Super Australia

Keeping up with the rapidly changing tax and super landscape To reflect our changing focus over time, Taxpayers Australia Ltd is now Tax & Super Australia. We are more dedicated than ever in our efforts to support and empower tax and super professionals. After an extensive re-branding exercise, we’ve developed a new visual identity. The

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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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