We look at two strategies that can help boost your SMSF and reduce your taxable income.
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Australia’s ipso facto laws have changed. This has relevance for self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees. In simple terms, the ipso facto provisions relate to what happens when one of the parties that are signatory to a contract goes into administration or similar.
Single touch payroll (STP) reporting is a streamlined way for employers to provide the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with payroll information, that is, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation guarantee information.
A recent court case, known as the Narumon case, demonstrates how important it is for self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to ensure their documentation is up-to-date, and that binding death benefit nominations are valid.
Self-managed super fund (SMSF) members have a number of options in terms of how to treat their fund when they head overseas. The time they intend to be away is a key factor to consider, as is how many of the SMSF’s members are moving overseas and their percentage of the beneficial interests.
Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are not a set-and-forget proposition. They require constant tweaking at different life stages to ensure they still suit members’ retirement needs. Here, we explore some of the factors trustees should consider as members progress through their lives.
New research shows investing in a super fund with more women at the upper echelons could increase balances by as much as $55,000 at retirement.
SMSFs are increasing their allocation to international shares, with the Australian Taxation Office’s figures showing funds’ allocation to this asset class jumped to $6.18 billion last year, up from $1.8 billion in 2013.
Investors are enjoying an explosion in the range of sustainable investment options in the market. Between 2016 and 2017 there was a 340% rise in funds that screen assets for their sustainability features, or lack thereof.
You can receive a tax credit by buying shares in Australian companies that pay franked dividends. Dividends paid to shareholders by Australian resident companies are taxed under a system known as imputation.
An SMSF’s trust deed is one of its most important assets. While legislation sets out what trustees must not do, the trust deed specifies what a trustee is allowed to do. Now’s the time of year to perform the yearly review of the deed.
SMSF members could be forced to take on more risk, should the ALP be successful with its plan to scrap cash refunds from franking credits.