Compliance


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What happens if your adviser takes your money?

10 April 2014 |

stealA report by the Financial Ombudsman Service shows that some financial advisers are failing to look after their clients' money.


Accountants may not be able to give advice

08 April 2014 |

accountantThe rules permitting accountants to give financial advice are only an interim measure. Next financial year, all accountants will need to have acquired the appropriate licence, and only 30 have done so. A crisis could be in the offing.


The ATO is getting serious about compliance

07 April 2014 | Staff reporter

ATOUp until now, the ATO has only had a big stick to punish DIY super funds that do the wrong thing. Closing them down. But soon there are likely to be fines for contraventions, meaning that the risks of being penalised are likely to rise.


Watch out for ATO fines

26 March 2014 | Staff reporter

ATOChanges to come into effect on July 1 make it easier for the ATO to impose fines on self managed super trustees. Making sure that compliance is up to standard has become even more important. Some fines are over $10,000.


What you should know about financial advisers

27 November 2013 |

“Adviser”There is a debate about how much disclosure financial advisers. The Institute of Chartered Accountants has weighed into the debate saying some suggestions do not address the serious systemic issues.


Farmers get benefits from SMSFs

26 November 2013 | PSI

Andrew LairdFarmers can get great advantages from SMSFs if they go about it the right way. But there are traps and pitfalls says one financial adviser.


The 'sophisticated investor' trap

25 November 2013 | Staff reporter

“sophisticated”If you have $5 million in your DIY super fund you are a retail investor, but if you have $5 million as an individual you are a wholesale investor and considered "sophisticated". Go figure. It is one of the contradictions of the new financial advice laws.


SMSF trustee who becomes a disqualified person

28 October 2013 |

 DisqualifiedThere are consequences when a trustee of a self-managed super fund (SMSF) becomes a 'disqualified person'. Trustees include directors of a corporate trustee of an SMSF. If you are a trustee and become a disqualified person, you are not allowed to remain a trustee.


Big shake up in super fund governance

10 October 2013 | Staff reporter

Governance shake upThe Coalition's proposed changes to governance of super funds imply yet another argument for starting your own SMSF in the right circumstances. At least with your own fund you can manage the interests in an easily understood way. With retail funds and industry funds, the transparency is low.


Tax for SMSFs and big funds

02 October 2013 |

AgricultureWith one exception, SMSF funds and managers of big super funds are subject to the same tax requirements. But they tend to behave differently because of the differences in scale. This especially affects the approach to property and certain aspects of stock market investing.


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