smsfs

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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FASEA releases final examination standard

  The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) has released the legislative instrument and explanatory statement for its examination standard. The legislative instrument was informed through consultation received in 26 submissions during the legislative instrument final consultation process for this standard in December 2018 and January 2019. Under the final standard, FASEA has reduced

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Superannuation contributions ‘work test’ for over 65s

  Whether or not the trustee of a complying superannuation fund can accept member contributions for those aged between 65 and 75 depends on the member satisfying the “work test”. The work test requires a member to have been gainfully employed for at least 40 hours in a period of not more than 30 consecutive

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The proportioning rule and your SMSF

  When calculating a super benefit, it is necessary to identify and determine the value of the various components that make up the benefit. The law around superannuation dictates that the tax-free component and taxable components of a member’s payment must be paid in the same proportion as the tax-free and taxable components of the

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SMSF commutation requests: How to get the green light from the ATO

  The ATO has issued guidance on its approach to commutation requests, which is an essential piece of information for SMSF trustees because it explains which commutation requests will not be subject to an ATO review. The practical compliance guideline concerned is PCG 2017/5. With recently introduced superannuation rules now in effect (from 1 July

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