Running a SMSF

Choosing to run your own super fund usually means that you’re confident you can deliver better returns than the professionals.

As trustee of your SMSF you must draft an investment strategy, follow special investment rules, and choose investments that will deliver you a retirement benefit when you finish work.

The decision to run your own super fund also depends on how willing you are to get on top of the superannuation laws, and the tax rules and reporting requirements.

If you do have fund choice, and you’re considering a self-managed super fund then you need to start planning: your SMSF must be fully operational before you can change funds.

Below are some of our key Running a SMSF articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Running a SMSF.

SMSF administration: Are there problems dealing with online trust deed providers?

Q: Thanks for the super site – it has been very useful for me as a trustee of my family SMSF. I have also bought your book, DIY Super for Dummies, which has been very informative and explained many issue in plain English. My question relates to updating the trust deed. I have looked at several … [Read more...]

SMSF audit: you must appoint an approved SMSF auditor

If you run a self-managed super fund, you must ensure that your SMSF is audited annually by an approved SMSF auditor, registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).As SMSF trustee, you also must ensure that you formally appoint your fund’s auditor each year. You … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Trish’s 10 commandments of DIY super

If you’re running a self-managed super fund (SMSF), then you’re obviously aware that being a SMSF trustee/member is a very different experience to belonging to a large super fund. In a large super fund, someone else looks after your superannuation benefits. As a SMSF trustee, you make all of the … [Read more...]

SMSF compliance: Is your fund due for a super service?

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...]

SMSF trustees face bigger penalties from 2015/2016 year

SMSF trustees can expect harsher fines from this financial year (2015/2016 year) onwards with administrative penalties of up to $10,800 per trustee (including corporate trustee) for a breach of the super rules.A SMSF trustee must run his or her super fund according to the superannuation rules. … [Read more...]

SMSF compliance: ATO’s hit list for the 2015/2016 year

Each year, the ATO publicises a list of compliance areas that the regulator intends to target when reviewing SMSFs during the financial year. This is the hit list for the 2015/2016 year.Note: The ATO’s compliance approach is to deal with less serious breaches in a collaborative way with the SMSF … [Read more...]

Reminder: Harsher penalties for SMSF trustees

Note: This article explains many of the recent changes to the superannuation rules that affect SMSFs.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 accompanied the … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees unfairly targeted by super tax illiterates

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...]

SMSF trustees: Is your super fund ready for SuperStream?

If your SMSF receives super contributions from an employer, or employers, on behalf of SMSF members, then your self-managed super fund should be SuperStream-ready… yesterday!If you have just set up your SMSF and seeking information on how to make your SMSF SuperStream-ready, continue reading, … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Updating SMSF trust deeds

Q: I (my wife & I) have had a self-managed super fund (SMSF) since 1996. As rules concerning super pensions etc have changed since the date of my deed, can we simply sign a current, new, trust deed to make it effective for our requirements, or do I need to amend the relevant clauses in the old … [Read more...]