Dana Fleming, Assistant Commissioner of the SMSF Segment at the ATO, provides useful insights for SMSF trustees about current issues such as the early release of super process, providing rental concessions for tenants and the change to the minimum pension drawdown rates.
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Self-managed super fund (SMSF) investors were left reeling after three of the big four banks slashed dividends across the board, with ANZ and Westpac suspending theirs altogether and NAB cutting its by 64%. CBA has said it won’t make a final decision on its dividend until August when it reports its full year results.
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An SMSF trust deed is a legal document that outlines how the fund will be set up and how it will operate. An Australian SMSF must be established with a trust deed that is compliant with Australian superannuation legislation.
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When markets fall by as much, and as quickly, as they have recently, it’s easy to conclude that it’s time to move all your assets into the safe haven of cash or something tangible like property. For those nearing retirement, these kinds of concerns are even more heightened, as many trustees watch money they thought they would have to live on in retirement, dwindle overnight.
Market volatility should prompt a look at asset allocations and the potential need to rebalance investments.
If you want to exercise your right to choose a super fund, you must complete the Standard Choice Form that your employer gives you, and return it to your employer.
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SMSF trustees are legally obliged to ensure their fund’s compliance with superannuation legislation in Australia. The ATO imposes a range of penalties for non-compliance, depending on the seriousness of the breach.
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An SMSF trustee declaration is an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) document that summarises the duties and obligations of an SMSF trustee or director.
SMSFs must pass residency requirements at all time to be eligible for the tax concessions that are available under Australian superannuation legislation.
An actuarial certificate is a document prepared by an actuary that certifies how much of a self-managed super fund’s earnings are derived from its members’ accumulation phases and how much from retirement phases. This information has tax implications. It is used to claim exempt current pension income (i.e. tax-exempt earnings) in the fund’s annual tax return.
Want to avoid an SMSF penalty? Make sure you use our annual admin checklist.
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Keep on top of these potential mishaps with your annual return and you should be able to avoid the ire of the regulator.
SMSF trustees have a lot to remember. Along with trustee meetings and minutes, trustees need to keep up to date with current superannuation legislation and review their investments regularly. There are annual returns to lodge, auditor reports to arrange and actuarial reports to book as well if your SMSF is paying a certain kind of pension.