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July 5, 2024
A recent Federal Court decision has held that a transfer of units in a unit trust to an SMSF was void pursuant to s 128B of the Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth) (BA). The decision of Ruhe (Trustee) v Rodmarg Pty Ltd, in the matter of Bankrupt estates of Power [2024] FCA 638 demonstrates the circumstances [read more]
June 28, 2024
The holiday home exemption (HH Exemption) from the vacant residential land tax (VRLT) in Victoria has been extended to holiday homes owned by companies, unit trusts, fixed trusts and discretionary trusts (DT) provided certain criteria is met. This extension was in the State Taxation Amendment Act 2024 (Vic) (STA Act) that was finalised as law [read more]
June 25, 2024
Overview A company may act in a range of roles, including where it trades or invests in its own right, or where it acts as the trustee of an SMSF or a trust such as a discretionary, unit or bare trust. Having the right constitution and related documents is therefore prudent. Moreover, having up to [read more]
June 24, 2024
DBA Lawyers latest SMSF governing rules and related documents include many value-added features. This article briefly explains why our SMSF documents are the best available. Recent changes to DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules Our latest DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules (version 2024-25) comes with the following upgrades: enhanced wording to cater for Div 296 tax; [read more]
June 24, 2024
Legislation that includes the non-arm’s length expense (NALE) changes has finally become law almost five years from the date the legislation now takes retroactive effect (ie, from 1 July 2018). The Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Act 2023 (Act) includes a limit on general NALE for SMSFs. Royal [read more]
June 13, 2024
This is part 9 of our series of ‘employee versus contractor’ articles. Part 9 focuses on the ATO’s recent decision impact statement (DIS) on the Full Federal Court (Full Court) in Jamsek v ZG Operations Australia Pty Ltd (No 3) [2023] FCAFC 48 (Jamsek). The other articles (parts 1-8) are linked under the Related Articles [read more]
June 6, 2024
This is part 8 of our series of ‘employee versus contractor’ articles. Part 8 focuses the ATO’s decision impact statement (DIS) on the Full Federal Court (Full Court) in JMC Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2023] FCAFC 76. (The other articles, parts 1-7, are linked under the Related Articles heading below.) Overview The DIS [read more]
May 31, 2024
Overview The Victorian Government has introduced a new tax regime on commercial and industrial property (CIP) in Victoria that starts on 1 July 2024. Broadly, the new tax relies on phasing out transfer duty over a 10-year period and replacing the upfront duty on subsequent transfers with an annual commercial and industrial property tax (CIPT). [read more]
May 30, 2024
A recent AAT decision demonstrates circumstances of a successful challenge to a disqualification made pursuant to s 126A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SISA). The decision of Merchant v Commissioner of Taxation [2024] AATA 1102 also highlights the dangers of what may, at face value, seem like ordinary investments such as acquiring [read more]
May 23, 2024
Unless carefully managed, unpaid present entitlements (UPEs) and beneficiary accounts in family/discretionary trusts can give rise to significant tax risks. Section 100A anti-avoidance provisions Section 100A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (ITAA 1936) is an anti-avoidance provision that applies to arrangements where one person receives a benefit from a trust but another [read more]