SMSF pensions

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF pensions.

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...]

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...]

Pension earnings remain tax-free after death

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Regulations took effect from 1 July 2012 (although registered in June 2013) confirming that pension earnings remain tax exempt upon the death of a fund member receiving a super pension, even when there is no reversionary pension (that is, the pension of the deceased fund member does not … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Taxing pension earnings, and benefits, will deliver minimal tax revenue

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Note: the Financial System Inquiry final report suggests that super pension fund earnings should be taxed, rather than continue to receive tax-exempt status. Why? So it will reduce costs for super funds, but it most certainly will increase costs for fund members, and significantly reduce retirement … [Read more...]

A key reason Australians leave large funds and choose SMSFs

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Not so long ago, many in the super industry predicted that Australia's love affair with SMSFs would fade, and some commentators announced that the number of SMSFs operating had peaked due to our small population. If I recall, that prediction was made when around 400,000 SMSFs were in existence. … [Read more...]

SMSFs: What is the proportioning rule?

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Q: I have come across a statement which refers to a proportioning rule. Could you please explain to me exactly what the proportioning rule is, who it applies to and when it applies, and how you do the calculations for a SMSF? The short answer is: the proportioning rule is a mechanism to calculate … [Read more...]

How can a SMSF live forever?

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Q: It has been suggested, that a family self-managed super fund (SMSF) can become a multi-generational tax haven, which can go on into perpetuity, provided that you establish a special corporate trustee, as well as an SMSF Will. I thought that the super money could not remain in the fund … [Read more...]

2014 Federal Budget: Superannuation and retirement summary (updated)

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Note: This article is updated regularly as more details are disclosed about announced policies. Article links take you through to further detail on my most items listed in this article. Latest update was 28 May 2014. On 13 May 2014, Treasurer Joe Hockey released his first federal budget. For many … [Read more...]