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).

No tax in retirement because you SAPTO (updated rates)

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This article is updated annually with new rates, or periodically to highlight changes (if any) to the Seniors & Pensioners Tax Offset (SAPTO) rules. This article includes SAPTO rates for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, and 2012/2013 years, and SATO rates for the 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2009/2010 and … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Make your money live forever

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“A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.” – Thomas Mann “The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.” – John Galsworthy While these quotations from Mann and Galsworthy are usually correct, it doesn’t have to be that way. Surely an important part of … [Read more...]

SMSF confidential:
the inside story on DIY super funds

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Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the ATO’s 2012-2013 statistical review of SMSFs (released in December 2014). This report also contains data for the 2013-2014 year. The annual report for the 2013-2014 year will be available in December … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Stricter rules in place for artwork and other collectibles

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If you hold artwork, antiques, coins, or other collectibles within your self-managed super fund, then you need to be aware of new rules that originally came into effect from July 2011, and will reach their full effect in 2016. Since 1 July 2011, new collectibles and ‘personal-use’ assets owned by … [Read more...]

SMSF compliance:
ATO’s hit list for the 2014/2015 year

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Each year, the ATO publicises a list of compliance areas that the regulator intends to target when reviewing SMSFs during the year. Note: The ATO’s compliance approach is to deal with less serious breaches in a collaborative way with the SMSF trustees, by helping them rectify and undo … [Read more...]

New laws: Is your SMSF due for a super service?

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Read this article to discover the rules in place for SMSF trustees, and discover what you can do to ensure your SMSF operates within the super laws. A lot has changed for SMSF trustees in the past few years. The most recent significant change was the introduction of financial penalties, which are … [Read more...]

SMSFs outperform large funds over 7 years

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Note: The ATO publishes an annual report about SMSFs for each financial year. This article covers the latest SMSF performance data available from the ATO, as at February 2015. The ATO will provide updated performance data (for year ending 30 June 2014) in late 2015. A common argument put forward … [Read more...]

Reminder: New penalties for SMSF trustees

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Effective since 1 July 2014, SMSF trustees can be subject to a suite of penalties, if they fail to properly adhere to the super rules. The explanatory memorandum that accompanies the new legislation, states that the new SMSF penalties, taking effect from 1 July 2014 will enable the ATO to “give … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos for 2014 financial year

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Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the top compliance mistakes made by SMSF trustees. This article contains data up to 30 June 2014 (latest available as at February 2015). The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2015, will be available in late 2015. The ATO has published the top 10 … [Read more...]