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What’s the status of the transition to retirement income stream?

David Oon, Senior Associate and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers The transition to retirement income stream (‘TRIS’) is entering a new era on 1 July 2017 where most will want the TRIS to enter retirement phase as soon as possible to gain access to an earnings tax exemption. A new law has provided a [read more]

Unlocking potential and avoiding pitfalls in SMSF property development

Unlocking potential and avoiding pitfalls in SMSF property development

Some may think that property development in an SMSF contravenes superannuation law. However, that is overstating the position. There is no blanket ban on property development in SMSFs. Rather, like many investments an SMSF can make, the key to compliance is on how the investment occurs. Extreme caution should be exercised before and during, since [read more]

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PCG 2017/6 — roll back relief for certain pre-1 July 2017 death benefit pensions

By William Fettes, Senior Associate and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers On 22 May 2017, the ATO released a new practical compliance guideline PCG 2017/6 regarding commutation of pre-1 July 2017 death benefit pensions that are currently being paid to a surviving spouse where the spouse would like to retain commuted amounts of pension capital [read more]

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Impact of the superannuation reforms on market linked pensions

Transfer balance cap modifications As the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 is now law, it is critical that advisers consider and discuss the implications of the superannuation reforms on market linked pension with relevant fund members before 30 June 2017. While the capped defined benefit income stream modifications apply to lifetime [read more]

Understanding exempt current pension income (‘ECPI’) in view of super reforms

Co-authored by Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers Due to the complexity of the rules and the importance of complying with the law in relation to the pension exemption, we examine the two methods for calculating ECPI in respect of account style pensions (ie, account-based, allocated and market linked pensions) under the Income Tax Assessment Act [read more]

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DBA Lawyers lecturing at Melbourne Uni — special lectures open to public

Daniel Butler and Bryce Figot are senior fellows at Melbourne University’s Law School, lecturing the intensive subject ‘Taxation of Superannuation’. Typically, the intensive subject only runs annually or biennially. However, Melbourne University has organised several lectures open to the public regarding the upcoming superannuation reforms. For more information click here or contact Melbourne University: Claudine [read more]

A guide for choosing which pension to commute

A guide for choosing which pension to commute

By William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate and Bryce Figot ([email protected], [email protected]), Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers In the lead up to 30 June 2017, fund members with more than one account-based pension (‘ABP’) and total pension capital greater than $1.6 million will need to make a decision about which ABP to fully or partially commute to [read more]

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Big changes for LRBAs on the horizon?

Co-Author Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers Treasury recently released some potentially game-changing exposure draft legislation in relation to limited recourse borrowing arrangements (‘LRBAs’) and their interaction with the transfer balance cap and total superannuation balance provisions. These are significant changes for Fund trustees considering entering into an LRBA in the future. Importantly, the amendments [read more]

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Many strategies are based on the proportioning rule

Co-author by Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers Introduction We have had numerous queries about the proportioning rule over recent times. A common query is how does the proportioning rule apply and how do you calculate the tax free and taxable components in a superannuation benefit. This article is to assist you understand the fundamentals of [read more]