One of the benefits of having a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is its ability to pay members an income stream, or account-based pension. Of course any superannuation fund can do this, but paying a pension from an SMSF offers members more control and flexibility.
Accurate asset valuation is integral to ensuring SMSF compliance with super legislation. SMSF assets must be valued at their current market value. SMSF trustees can take responsibility for valuing many types of assets if they wish, or they can use the services of independent professional valuers.
On 1 July 2017, the transfer balance cap was introduced for Australians in retirement. Find out how it works and whether it impacts you.
SMSFs provide members with a high degree of control over their retirement savings, but with that control comes responsibility. Here we look at the administrative, reporting and record-keeping obligations that trustees need to complete to ensure their fund complies with superannuation and taxation legislation.
The most popular type of superannuation pension is an account-based pension, which is also the main type of super pension available to retirees. The technical term for a superannuation pension is a ‘complying pension’ (that is complying with the superannuation rules).
The concept of total superannuation balance, or TSB, was introduced on 1 July 2017 as a means to measure your total superannuation interests at any point in time. It is used to determine eligibility for a number of new superannuation measures – such as the ability to carry forward unused concessional contribution caps.
From 1 July 2017 the Federal government introduced the transfer balance cap, which currently sits at $1.6 million and which will be indexed periodically in $100,000 increments.
In this article we highlight some tricky areas, reinforce the need for proper estate planning and updating, and suggest strategies to manage certain situations.
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.
This article is designed to help those who have to think about this reporting – trustees of, and advisers to, SMSFs. Remember that SMSFs and large funds often have different deadlines when it comes to reporting and TBARs are no different.