SMSFs (Self-managed super funds)

The SMSFs section is for Australians running self-managed super funds (SMSFs), covering the current issues facing SMSF trustees, setting up a SMSF, how to run a SMSF, investing your DIY superannuation money, getting financial advice, and special SMSF rules such as investing in property.

This section also includes a special section called SMSF basics.


Below are some of our key SMSF articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSFs (Self-managed super funds).

Super for beginners, part 15: Super tax – as easy as 1-2-3

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Superannuation only exists because of how super savings are taxed. Superannuation savings receive tax incentives to encourage Australians to choose super as a retirement savings option. Even so, superannuation is still taxed (for most Australians) at a lower rate of tax than non-superannuation … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2014 calendar year

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International shares and international property delivered the biggest returns for the 2014 calendar year (1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014), according to rating company, Chant West. In the table appearing later in the article, Chant West lists the investment performance of 11 asset classes, and … [Read more...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2014 calendar year, and for past 10 years

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The investment performance result for the 2014 calendar year (1 January to 31 December 2014) for the median growth superannuation fund, has exceeded the long-term average annualised return, according to rating company Chant West. The median return for a growth investment option within a … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 8.5% for 2014 calendar year

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 8.5% in value for the 12 months to December 2014, with international shares and international property being the strongest asset classes, according to rating company Chant West. Performance tables are set out later in this article. Warren Chant, … [Read more...]

Pension earnings remain tax-free after death

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Regulations took effect from 1 July 2012 (although registered in June 2013) confirming that pension earnings remain tax exempt upon the death of a fund member receiving a super pension, even when there is no reversionary pension (that is, the pension of the deceased fund member does not … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2014/2015 and previous years)

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Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2014/2015 year, 2013/2014 year and previous years. The maximum superannuation contribution base is used to determine the maximum Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contribution that an employer is required to make under … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees unfairly targeted by super tax illiterates

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Some leaders in the superannuation sector and in some economic think tanks are ignorant about SMSFs, including how the super tax rules work generally. Yet we have numerous pronouncements by various individuals and organisations about SMSFs not paying tax, or SMSF trustees not having the skills to … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Taxing pension earnings, and benefits, will deliver minimal tax revenue

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Note: the Financial System Inquiry final report suggests that super pension fund earnings should be taxed, rather than continue to receive tax-exempt status. Why? So it will reduce costs for super funds, but it most certainly will increase costs for fund members, and significantly reduce retirement … [Read more...]