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.
Building a sizeable retirement nest egg can take some effort, but a recent study by Roy Morgan found only 18% of employees with super currently have more than the compulsory 9.5% of their salary or wages going into their super fund account.
Besides being a great way to save for retirement, Australia’s super system offers some valuable – but little-known – benefits for super fund members. Here’s our list of the top 10 super benefits and how they can help improve your financial situation.
Everyone likes to know how their financial position compares to others of the same age. It’s no different when it comes to your super account. But how can you find out how you compare with your peers and whether you are on track – or behind the pack?
Retiring due to ill health is much more common than you might think, and it can severely impact your super. We look at some tips that can help if the unexpected happens.
What do you do if you’re working in the gig economy and want to build up a super nest egg?
If you are wondering how recent rule changes have affected your super and retirement plans, here’s a quick guide to the key changes and when they commenced.
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.
Australia’s super system has lots of rules – many of which have significant penalties if you breach them – but not every rule applies to everybody at every age.
SuperGuide has put together a list of useful tips and strategies to consider implementing in each decade. And don’t wait until just before retirement. If you do, you will miss out on the valuable benefits of compound interest.
Using a re-contribution strategy with your super sounds complex and mysterious, but in reality the name says it all – you withdraw some of the savings in your super account and then you re-contribute them back into the super system.
Super contributions can be used in many different ways when it comes to planning your finances and saving for your retirement. In the right circumstances, they can also be a very useful tool for minimising your tax bill.
Superannuation is a long-term investment but that doesn’t mean you can afford to put off thinking about it for a day that never comes.