How to Set Up an SMSF
SMSF Set Up Checklist
Step 1 Decide how many members
SMSFs can have up to four members. Each member must also be a trustee, or if a corporate trustee is appointed, each member must be a director of the corporate trustee.
Step 2 Choose a trustee structure
A SMSF is a type of trust, set up and maintained for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits to its members. You have two choices for the trustee structure:
- Individual trustees
- Corporate trustee
If you choose a corporate trustee, you will need a company which is registered with ASIC. You and any other members will be the company’s directors.
If you choose the individual trustee path, you will need at least two people to be trustees of the fund.
As a general rule, all members need to be over the age of 18 years to be a trustee, and not under a legal disability or be a disqualified person.
Step 3 Obtain a Trust Deed
The trust deed sets out the rules of your SMSF. Contact SuperHelp to order SMSF Set Up Kit which includes a trust deed that is tailored to your requirements.
Step 4 Sign a trustee declaration
The law requires each trustee to sign a declaration to show they understand their responsibilities. This must be done within 21 days of becoming a SMSF trustee or a director of a SMSF corporate trustee. This form will be included in SuperHelps’s SMSF Set Up Kit.
Step 5 Elect for the SMSF to be ‘regulated’
You must elect for the SMSF to be ‘regulated’ within 60 days of set-up. This step involves getting:
- A Tax File Number(TFN) for your SMSF;
- An Australian Business Number; and
- If required, registered for GST (this is optional)
SuperHelp’s SMSF Set Up kit includes this service.
Step 6 Open a bank account
You must open a bank account in your SMSF’s name to accept contributions, rollovers of super benefits and investment earnings, and also pay the fund’s expenses. The SMSF’s assets must be kept separate from your personal assets.
Before you start making investments, you need to decide an investment strategy that takes the needs of all members into account. You will want to consider the fund’s investment objectives, how much risk you are willing to take, how much income you need, the type of assets you would like to invest in, diversification and how quickly you can sell assets (liquidity). You also need to consider if members of your SMSF need insurance. Write down the strategy.
Once you have agreed the fund’s investment strategy, you then need to implement it.
If you have any questions on SMSF Set Up, please contact SuperHelp on 1300 736 453.
Disclaimer: This information should not be considered personal financial advice as it is intended to provide general advice only. This factsheet has been prepared by Superhelp Australia Pty Ltd without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situations or needs.
The information contained in the factsheet may not be appropriate to your individual needs therefore you should seek personal financial advice before making any financial or investment decisions.
Book Your Free SMSF Consultation
Book your free consultation with me to find out if SMSF is right for you. If you have any other questions, we are happy to help!
Why is SMSF Set up free at SuperHelp?
SuperHelp have been servicing the SMSF market for over 15 years. We pride ourselves in being able to provide an affordable SMSF service without compromising on quality. One of these services are to provide new members with setting up their SMSF for free when they use our award winning service.
Do I need to use a specific bank, broker or provider?
Unlike other SMSF administrators and accountants we do not restrict you to what bank, broker or service provider you use. We are independent and do not take any commissions from other parties so that our clients can invest their super where they please.
How long has SuperHelp been around for?
SuperHelp have been around since 2002 – so over 15 years! While new SMSF administrators have come and gone, we are still around!
I'm not sure if I want to start an SMSF, what should I do?
Starting an SMSF should not be taken lightly, we encourage you to book a free SMSF consultation with one of our expert staff to find out if SMSF is right for you. You can book a suitable time here or feel free to give us a call on 1300 756 453 during business hours.
How much is your ongoing annual administration fees?
Our first year introductory offer for new SMSF or transferred SMSF are $899 + GST regardless of asset types. Subsequent years are dependent on the number of assets and asset types you have – please use our calculator to estimate your fee. You will find that our fees are very reasonable to the quality provided within the SMSF market.
Do you have an SMSF newsletter that I can sign up to?
Yes! We send out a quarterly SMSF newsletter to all of our clients and anyone interested in SMSF. You can sign up here :
Do you offer any other SMSF services?
Yes we do! You can see a full list of SMSF services on our services page.
SuperHelp is located in Macquarie Park, NSW however we work with clients all around Australia.