Setting up a SMSF

Running a self-managed super fund (SMSF) gives you control over where your super money is invested, and access to a greater choice of investments compared to managed super funds, such as retail or industry funds.

As a SMSF trustee, you can invest in direct property, artwork and virtually any valuable asset. You can even purchase business property, such as an office, and use the property in your business.

Before you get too excited about the positives of running a SMSF, you need to ask yourself three key questions: Are you into commitment? Are you familiar with investing? Do you have lots of money, that is superannuation money?

Below are some of our key articles on Setting up a SMSF:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Setting up a SMSF.

Two-way traffic! Finally, one fund helps move super from NZ to Australia

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An Australian super fund is now accepting transfers from New Zealanders hoping to transfer their KiwiSaver accounts to Australia. Let’s hope that many more super funds follow, but in the meantime, WA Super is the only Australian super fund offering this service, and it is awaiting your KiwiSaver … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Can I transfer my life insurance to my DIY super fund?

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Q: I have searched the ATO site to determine if we can have our SMSF pay life insurance for members. I am unable to find whether these things are arm’s length in regard to existing policies or not. There seems no writing to assist with a transition of these items into the fund and then the fund … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is DIY super right for you?

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Running your own super fund is not necessarily a difficult task but you need to keep your wits about you. You may hear a lot a noise about DIY super, and sometimes from people who know nothing about super. Your best defence against bad advice is to start with your own research.The term, DIY … [Read more...]

SMSFs must call Australia home

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‘When I retire, I am going to travel…’ is a common phrase when Australians dream about life after work. For many Australian retirees, overseas travel features prominently in their retirement plans. If you're a SMSF trustee however, and you intend to travel for extended periods, or even live outside … [Read more...]

SMSF trustee declaration: a quick guide

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When setting up your SMSF, you must sign a SMSF trustee declaration that confirms you understand the responsibilities and duties involved in running a SMSF.In late 2012, the ATO made 3 significant changes to the SMSF trustee declaration, reflecting significant changes in the super laws affecting … [Read more...]

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos

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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 2013. The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2014, will be available in early 2015.The ATO has published the top 10 compliance mistakes that SMSF trustees … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Three most popular asset classes, and the rest (updated)

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Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) released by the Australian Taxation Office. This article contains the latest data available up to June 2014 (for data as at March 2014).Each quarter the ATO releases self-managed super fund … [Read more...]

Do you fit the latest profile of a ‘typical’ SMSF trustee?

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Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) issued by the Australian Taxation Office. This article contains the latest data available as at June 2014 (for data up to March 2014).The latest ATO statistics on SMSFs (representing SMSF … [Read more...]

SMSF: How much does a DIY super fund cost? (updated figures)

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Note: Article updated in June 2014, and enhanced with an extra table outlining fees for small and large SMSF account balances.This Q&A includes the latest SMSF cost data released in December 2013 by the ATO, and data released by ASIC in September 2013. The next SMSF cost update is expected to be … [Read more...]

Are SMSF audits too expensive? (updated figures)

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Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the average audit fees incurred by SMSFs. This Q&A contains data for financial year ending 30 June 2012 (latest available as at June 2014). We have retained all comments from earlier versions of article. The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2013, … [Read more...]