SMSF compliance

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF compliance.

Oops! Top 10 SMSF boo-boos for 2015 financial year

Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the top compliance mistakes made by SMSF trustees. This article contains data up to 30 June 2015 (latest available as at January 2016). The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June 2016, will be available in late 2016.The ATO has published the top 10 … [Read more...]

Are SMSF audits too expensive?

Note: Every year, the ATO publishes the average audit fees incurred by SMSFs. This article contains data for financial year ending 30 June 2014 (latest available as at January 2016). We have retained all comments from earlier versions of article. The next update, for compliance data up to 30 June … [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: You question is really … [Read more...]

SMSF pension: Stick with original tax-free and taxable components

Q: I recently read your book on DIY Super for Dummies and picked up a number of useful hints. Thanks for writing it. My wife and I have only recently established a SMSF and are on a steep learning curve. We are in the pension phase. Both of us have a large tax-free component and a smaller taxable … [Read more...]

SMSF supervisory levy can’t fix large fund issues

For those of you with long memories, many of the recent SMSF compliance changes reported on the SuperGuide website were originally recommended by the Cooper review (review of the super system). The Cooper review was named after the chair of the panel, Jeremy Cooper, and to his credit several of his … [Read more...]

SMSFs: ATO supervisory levy must be paid in advance

The ATO supervisory levy payable by SMSFs each year has been increasing in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The levy payable each year now sits at $259 and this amount is payable in advance. For a new SMSF what this means is that you would pay double the SMSF levy in your first … [Read more...]

Broken promise? Government fails to cut SMSF ATO levy

Two years ago, in December 2013, the newly-elected Liberal government promised to review the amount of the ATO SMSF levy. At $259 a year, the SMSF ATO supervisory levy had more than quintupled in the 7 years from the 2007/2008 year when only $45 a year was payable.In late 2013, when the Liberals … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Is the ATO supervisory levy ‘value for money’?

Every year, the ATO collects $259 from each self-managed super fund to finance the SMSF monitoring role the ATO performs on behalf of the government. Based on roughly 560,000 SMSFs that amounts to $145 million each year being collected from SMSF trustees, to monitor SMSFs.Over a period of 8 … [Read more...]