smsf sole purpose test

SMSF Sole Purpose Test

The sole purpose test is a test the ATO uses to ensure that SMSF trusts are operating with the intention of only benefitting from their funds through the sole purpose of either retirement or in the event of a member’s death. While the way that an SMSF manages its investments is not ruled by the ATO, it does have some …

SMSF Investment Rules – Are You Compliant?

The Superannuation law does not prescribe what a SMSF can and cannot invest in. But there are restrictions on where the fund can invest in and the entities from which the fund can acquire assets. The investment options available to an SMSF is quite broad. Your fund can invest in: Cash Direct Shares Direct Property Bonds Share & Property Trusts …

Life Insurance through SMSF

Since August 2012, SMSF trustees are mandated by law to consider the appropriateness of life insurance for fund members.  SMSF trustees are not required by law to take out life insurance, however they do need to consider if it is appropriate.  Typical insurance consideration would include level of cover and the type of cover such as Life,  total and permanent …

SMSF Investment Strategy

An investment strategy is a detailed set of financial rules, behaviours or procedures which acts as a framework for a Trustee making SMSF investment decisions throughout the year. It is a guide for the trustee’s selection of an investment portfolio to increase members’ benefits for their retirement. The strategy should be designed around the current and future financial needs of …