superannuation

SMSF death beneficiaries and exceeding the $1.6m TBC

  The ATO runs a forum for taxpayers to pose personal scenarios and ask questions, which are addressed by ATO staff. See the forum here. The answers provided to these questions are checked for technical accuracy before being posted on the site and labelled as “ATO certified”. The community forum is also a place in

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Key issues for SMSFs still in need of clarification

Among the superannuation reforms that many SMSF members are still coming to terms with is the introduction of a concept of “total superannuation balance”. On the surface, an individual may simply think that it is the sum of balances of their superannuation interests. However, this is not the case. Commissioner’s guidance on this matter includes

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The superannuation clearing house service to join other ATO online services

The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House will join existing ATO online services in mid-to-late February 2018. The ATO says its online services gives access to a range of tax and super services with one logon, including lodging activity statements and updating your business registration details. The current super clearing house service will still be available

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Events based reporting: What does it mean for SMSF trustees?

The first signs of disquiet in the SMSF sector started not too far into the current income year when confirmation signs started to emerge that the ATO, for the purpose of the then recently introduced transfer balance cap, would soon require SMSF trustees to report certain events on a real-time basis. It is understood that

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SMSF audit offer for TSA members

Tax & Super Australia (TSA) has come to an arrangement with audit service provider Assured Super on behalf of TSA members. The resulting member-exclusive offer provides an audit package that will take care of the required annual financial and compliance audit by a third party. The inclusive and competitive audit package is offered for a

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Compliance burden fears about SMSF ‘real-time’ reporting allayed by ATO

Along with the new transfer balance cap that was introduced from July 1 this year, the ATO indicated in the recent past that more “events-based” reporting will be required for it to adequately deal with the evolving SMSF regime. It has now announced, after it conducted detailed consultation with the SMSF sector, that its implementation

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Ordinary time earnings: What’s in, what’s out

The superannuation rules stipulate that an employee’s earnings base must be the amount on which minimum superannuation contributions are payable to avoid the superannuation guarantee charge (SGC). This earnings base is determined as “ordinary time earnings” (OTE). In general terms, this seems self-explanatory — that is, OTE is what an employee earns for their day-to-day

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Child death benefit recipients and the super transfer cap

The death of a parent is hard on all those involved, however once the grieving has eased, a time comes to address financial matters. One of these issues can be what happens to any superannuation they may have left in their fund. Child death benefit recipients and the super transfer cap. Making things harder is

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How much do you need to retire?

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 savings

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