SMSF Q and As

If you’re considering setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF), or you already run your own SMSF, then this section provides easy-to-understand answers to the most popular questions we receive on SMSFs (also known as DIY super funds).

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF Q and As.

SMSF pension: Can I still make super contributions?

Q: I am 62 years of age and retired. I have recently commenced an account-based pension from my SMSF. Can I still make non-concessional contributions to that fund?A: I have divided your question into three parts.Can someone who is 62 years of age and retired, continue to make super … [Read more...]

SMSF pension: After making super contributions, when can I convert to another pension?

Q: I am 67 and work part time, so I qualify to make concessional contributions to our SMSF. I am already receiving an account based pension from my SMSF. The new contributions I make will have to go into an accumulation account. How long do I have to wait before our SMSF can pay another account … [Read more...]

SMSF pension: How do I start one?

Q: How do you change your self-managed super fund (SMSF) from accumulation phase to pension phase (husband aged 60, and retired) and transition-to-retirement pension phase (myself aged 57 and still working part time)? If an accountant has to do it, what costs could be involved? Your site has been a … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s

Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2016, or could you turn 50 any time in the 2016/2017 year to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, we will first explain the background to the over-50s cap.On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberals/NP) 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). Subject to legislation, the removal of the tax exemption on fund … [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...]

SMSF compliance: Is a corporate trustee required to pay lump sums?

Q: I’ve seen conflicting advice that if you wish to make a lump sum payment from an account-based pension by way of an in-specie transfer of assets, or, just a lump sum cash withdrawal, you can’t do it if you have individual trustees. You must have a corporate trustee. Can you please comment?I … [Read more...]

SMSF borrowing: Investing in property (what’s OK and NOT OK)

If you run a self-managed superannuation fund, you can invest in all types of real property, including residential property, commercial property, industrial property and even a farm (under certain circumstances).Before September 2007, the capacity to use borrowed money to purchase an SMSF asset, … [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: Where can I find information about SMSF borrowing?

Q: I’ve just finished reading DIY Super For Dummies and found it really helpful. What interested me was the borrowing options for SMSFs. We already own a property in our fund and we are looking at using borrowings for financing our next fund purchase. In your book you mention a joint venture to … [Read more...]

SMSFs and joint property purchases need expert advice

Q: A SMSF purchases a property in joint names – between the two trustees as joint tenants and the SMSF (tenants in common). The conveyancing document says the title statements show the ownership as 60% SMSF and the Trustees 40 % . However the trustees have used 79% of the SMSF funds to purchase the … [Read more...]

Property and super: What’s the deal? (15 popular Q & As)

We receive many questions from readers about investing in property using super money. Questions range from: ‘Can I withdraw my super to buy a house to live in?’, right through to ‘How can I use my super fund to borrow money to invest in property?’.For the convenience of our 2 million readers, I … [Read more...]