Tougher Rules for non-lodgement of SMSF annual returns

The Australian Taxation Office will take a tougher stance on the non-lodgement of SMSF annual returns. SMSFs which have two years or more of overdue lodgements will have their regulation details removed from Super Fund Lookup. ATO will keep the regulation details off Super Fund Lookup until an SMSF’s lodgements are up to date and that will potentially affect rollovers …

ATO clarifies minimum shortfall rules for pensions

Have you met the minimum pension payment for the financial year? In the Draft Taxation Ruling 2010/D3 the ATO proposed a position that if a superannuation fund did not meet the minimum pension payments for a member in a given year, then the fund could not treat that member balance amount to be in pension phase from the beginning of …

Is your SMSF SuperStream Ready?

What is SuperStream standard? The Superstream standard is part of the government’s Super Reform package. It will provide a consistent, reliable electric method of transacting linked data and payments for superannuation. The goal is to improve the efficiency of the superannuation system, to improve the timeliness of processing of rollover and contributions, and reduce the number of lost accounts and …

Property Revaluation & SMSF

Do properties held by SMSF need to be revalued every year? Currently, there is no specific legislation that requires properties held by SMSF to be revalued every year. However, independent SMSF auditor will require the financial statements presented to be a fair and accurate representation of the assets of the fund. The auditor must be provided with evidence that the …

Benefits of owning your business property in a SMSF

Many small and medium businesses adopt the strategy of owning their business premises through their self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). There are a number of benefits in adopting this strategy:  An important business asset is held in a tax-effective structure (super is generally more tax-effective than other investment vehicles). In the event of financial difficulty, creditors often find it more difficult …

Advantages of owning property through an SMSF

There are a number of advantages to holding property inside an SMSF, as opposed to owning it in your own name. 1. Concessional tax on rental income Where you hold an investment property in your own name, tax will broadly be payable based on your personal rate of tax, which could be as high as 46.5%. Similarly, if you were …

SMSF Property investments using a related unit trust

Can a SMSF invest in property through a related unit trust? An SMSF is prohibited from acquiring assets from a related party, except in limited circumstances. One of those circumstances is where the investment is an ‘in-house asset’. SMSFs are limited to investing 5 per cent of the fund’s total assets in in-house assets, and where this limit is breached …