Working with the ATO might be the best course of action if your SMSF receives a breach notice.
SMSF trustees have a lot of laws they need to be aware of if they don’t want to cop a thousand-dollar fine. Here, we go over the main Acts that mention superannuation and SMSFs.
The minutes from trustee minutes are very important documents for your SMSF. Your auditor will examine them carefully every year and if your fund is ever randomly examined by the ATO, you will be in a much better position if you have comprehensive minutes around all major decisions made for the fund.
Trustees who conduct services for their fund for free could find the income of their SMSFs is taxed at a much higher rate under proposed changes to the interpretation of NALE.
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.
SMSFs offer members lots of benefits, including a great degree of control over investments and some tax advantages. Many members love them, however some also realise after a number of years that maybe an SMSF isn’t the right superannuation solution for them.
Take the following 10 question quiz to test your knowledge on the fundamentals of self-managed super funds (SMSFs).
According to the latest ATO statistics, more than 1.1 million Australians are members of SMSFs. This article looks at the most common characteristics of SMSF members.
Self managed superannuation funds are required by law “to formulate, review regularly and give effect to an investment strategy.”
SMSFs must pass residency requirements at all time to be eligible for the tax concessions that are available under Australian superannuation legislation.
As an SMSF trustee, Dr Bonham is deeply concerned about the proposed changes to the SMSF audit rules, and the ongoing instability for retirees and future retirees.
After the initial shock has worn off, and now that Treasury has released a discussion paper outlining the proposed three-year audit cycle for SMSFs, it is time to consider how the proposed measures (if adopted) will be rolled out, and how these measures will affect both the SMSF sector and the obligations of SMSF trustees.
It came as quite a shock to many in the industry that the federal government announced a proposal to amend the annual audit requirement for SMSFs. SMSFs (like all superannuation vehicles) are presently required to be audited each year by an ASIC-approved SMSF auditor.