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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.

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017.From 1 July 2017, subject to legislation, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s lifetime superannuation contributions tax payments … [Read more...]

Less tax, more super? A transition-to-retirement pension may no longer be the answer

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberal/Nationals) government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). The removal of the tax exemption, subject to legislation, … [Read more...]

SMSF advice: Is your accountant still allowed to help your fund?

Being the trustee of a self-managed super fund can be a challenging task at times, and most people need a bit of help at certain stages when running a SMSF, particularly when a decision, or strategy, requires financial advice. Traditionally, many Australians have turned to their accountant for … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees: Is your employer and fund ready for SuperStream?

Update:  Employers with 19 or fewer employees had a deadline of 30 June 2016 to be set up for SuperStream , but on 22 June 2016, the ATO extended this deadline to 28 October 2016. Note that employers with 20 or more employees were required to be set up for SuperStream by 30 June 2015, and this … [Read more...]

Tax-deductible super contributions: Timing start of pension is essential

Q: I put money into my SMSF in June 2015 from a capital gain. I wasn’t able to tell the fund at that time what it was for as my accountant hadn’t completed the figures so that notice was sent to them in August 2015. As I understood the rules, so long as the money was in the fund at June 2015, I … [Read more...]

10 super planning tips for 2015/2016 year-end

Although many people are still reeling from the unexpected superannuation announcements in the 2016 Federal Budget, it’s important to note most of the planned changes will not affect your superannuation decisions for the 2015/2016 year. The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rates remain the same, … [Read more...]

Retirement and tax: What are the minimum pension payment rules?

Q: I am 63. I want to retire next year but I am not sure if I want to access my super benefits yet. I have heard that when I retire, I must withdraw some super benefits each year, otherwise I won’t receive tax-free super benefits. Can you please clarify the rules for me?A: Your question is … [Read more...]

SMSF pension payments: A little bit under may be OK

SuperGuide often receives questions from readers asking what happens if they don’t withdraw the minimum pension amount required to be paid each year from their pension account, especially when the underpayment is due to an honest mistake, or due to circumstances beyond their control.Before … [Read more...]

Minimum pension payment: At what date do you determine the age for payment calculation?

Q: I am drawing on an account-based pension from my SMSF. I turn 65 in June 2016. Will I need to draw a minimum of 4% or 5% for the 2015/2016 year, and does the minimum pension factors change for the 2016/2017 year? Or, in other words, what is the determining age, the one at the start of the … [Read more...]

SMSF pension: How do I calculate my minimum pension payment?

Q: I run our SMSF. I wish to retire at 58. I am a little confused about the 4% minimum rule for pensions. Do I have to withdraw 4% of my total accumulation SMSF fund, or do I move some of the assets into a pension fund and then draw 4% a year?A: You ask a very popular question. The minimum … [Read more...]

Revisited: Is property a good investment for your SMSF?

In the past few months, we have received a higher-than-normal number of emails seeking information about investing in property via an SMSF. In response to this upturn in interest, I have revisited the question, is property a good investment for your SMSF?Previously, I have written that I have … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Can my DIY super fund invest in direct property?

Q: I am interested in setting up a self-managed fund. I would like to know more about the rules for purchasing property in a super fund, and whether it is possible to use borrowings to do so.A: A self-managed (DIY) super fund can invest in all types of property, including residential, … [Read more...]