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19 November 2013 |
New rules on financial advice will change the industry but clients are advised to be extremely cautious. There are gaps in the rules and the risks still remain.
10 November 2013 |
The decision to remove the rebate for low income earners is politically contentious and reveals much about the Abbott government's priorities when it comes to super.
28 October 2013 |
Proposals by the previous government appeared to only target the very rich super fund members, but there were a number of hidden dangers. And SMSF investors are potentially the most vulnerable, especially those using debt and looking to get large, one off capital gains.
28 October 2013 |
There 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.
10 October 2013 |
The 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.
02 October 2013 |
With 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.
11 September 2013 |
Up to 1 July 2013, the SMSF supervisory levy was payable for the financial year to which the self-managed super fund annual return (SAR) relates.
From 1 July 2013, the levy will be payable for the financial year in which the annual return is due.
08 September 2013 |
Each year your fund will need to be audited before you can submit your annual return. We provide a list of 46 key things that the auditors will be looking for in order for a SMSF to comply with the rules and regulations stipulated by the Superannuation Industy (Supervision) Act 1993 (SISA) and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR) Acts. It is well worth your while knowing the rules well in advance of the reporting season as any breaches could cause you a lot of grief and may not be able to be unwound in time for when you must submit your return.
05 September 2013 |
The SMSF supervisory levy has changed since its inception. The Government has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment to encouraging people to fund their own retirement by way of the superannuation system. At the same time, the former government wanted to share in the wealth creation by increasing the SMSF Supervisory levy by 575% over the past five years. The government says that the administrative costs that need to be recouped, to make system pay its own way.
01 September 2013 |
Helpful information for SMSF beginners
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