What does it mean to be a Self Managed Super Fund trustee?
When you set up an SMSF, you take on the role of either a:
- Director of a company that is a trustee (called a ‘corporate trustee’)
A trustee is a person or company that holds and invests the fund’s assets for the benefit of members. As a trustee or director of a corporate trustee, you will be responsible for running the fund and making decisions that affect the retirement interests of each fund member, including yourself.
Being a trustee gives you the opportunity to actively manage your own super and make your own investment choices, but it also brings responsibilities.
As a trustee, your duties and responsibilities include:
- Making sure your fund’s sole purpose is to pay retirement benefits to members or their beneficiaries in the event of the member’s death
- Accepting contributions and payment benefits (whether a pension, lump sum or a combination of both) according to the super and tax laws
- Making and documenting investment decisions and complying with any restrictions
- Making sure an independent approved auditor is appointed for each income year
- Completing administrative tasks, such as keeping records and lodging annual returns
- Reviewing and updating the fund’s trust deed and investment strategy on a regular basis
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