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 …

Updating Your SMSF Trust Deed

It is important to have a robust and up-to-date trust deed for your SMSF. Over the years there have been many changes to government requirements around how SMSFs are managed. Whenever the government make changes to SMSF regulations or requirements this is an essential time to check your existing trust deed for your SMSF and ensure it is compliant. Currently, …

SMSF Estate Planning

Why is estate planning for your SMSF so vital?

One of the major advantages to having an SMSF (self-managed super fund) is that you can take control over what happens to your super in the event of your death. With some well managed SMSF estate planning you can maximise the benefits for your family. There are distinct advantages to good estate planning in SMSF – the main one being …

SMSF Binding death benefit Nomination

Key things to know about your SMSF binding death benefit nomination

Your self-managed super fund (SMSF), unlike your home, is not something that will likely automatically be passed on to your family members. Your trustee (as chosen by you) will pay a death benefit to your nominated parties as per the governing rules of your fund and in conjunction with legal requirements. So, what is a death benefit nomination? When a …

Illegal access to Super

Beware of Illegal Access to your Super

Have you been approached by a promoter of illegal super scheme? These promoters usually: encourage you to transfer your super from your existing super fund to a self-managed super fund (SMSF) to access your super before you are legally entitled to target people who are under financial pressure or who do not understand the super laws claim that you can …

Education for SMSF Trustees

Education for SMSF Trustees – ATO SMSF Trustee Education Tool

Are you new trustees to SMSF or looking to improve your knowledge as existing SMSF trustees? Australian Taxation Office lists a number of free online SMSF Trustee Education tool to assist the new trustees. The trustees may access these courses either due to ATO direction or by trustee’s choice. ATO encourages SMSF trustees to take these courses to improve their understanding …

2016-17 Superannuation Reform Changes in New Budget

Following the new budget effective from 7.30pm 3rd May 2016, following changes have been made in relation to Superannuation; 1. New lifetime cap for non-concessional superannuation contributions – Effective 3rd May 2016 7.30PM The government will introduce a $500,000 lifetime non-concessional contributions cap. The lifetime cap will take into account all non-concessional contributions made on or after 1 July 2007 …