superannuation

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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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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ATO warns against diverting personal services income to SMSFs

ATO warns against diverting personal services income to SMSFs. It is reviewing arrangements where individuals divert their personal services income to a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to minimise or avoid tax.   It has recently issued a taxpayer alert on this matter (read it here). Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran said these types of arrangements are

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Taxpayers Australia’s coverage of the 2016 Federal Budget

Taxpayers Australia’s coverage of the 2016 Federal Budget The Federal Budget 2016 has a few sweeteners, but not so much that will turn anyone hyperactive. See the links at left for our dissection of all the announcements made in the Federal Budget 2016. And scroll down for a summary of the main points, and Taxpayers

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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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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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The objectives of superannuation: A submission on the future of super

This submission was in response to a request from the Federal Government for feedback on the objective of the superannuation system. We thank our members for their participation and responses. Objectives of Superannuation Download from here. This submission was in response to a request from the Federal Government for feedback on the objective of the

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Could your super savings be taxed after you’re gone?

The two may be the only certainties in life, but the ongoing community conversation about tax reform has spurred some commentators to combine death and taxes. On offer is a solution to the nation’s revenue problem by imposing a “death tax” on certain asset holdings. Could your super savings be taxed after you’re gone? Tim

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Industry specific (free) SuperStream webinars

The Tax Office has begun contacting employers in specified industry groups with tailored support to help them understand and start using SuperStream. The Tax Office says it will be making contact over the coming months with small business employers that may not yet be using SuperStream to make super contributions. In all there are 22

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