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SMSF seminars for CPA Australia

Bryce Figot is excited to soon be presenting a series of three and half hour seminars for CPA Australia in various locations in regional Victoria. They should be great seminars. These seminars will cover and explore: latest cases; legislation; regulatory developments; and other tips and traps. To register, or for more information, visit: For Traralgon (Tuesday [read more]


Electronic execution of deeds — a convoluted ‘State’ of affairs

Introduction Traditionally, deeds were unable to be made electronically due to the common law requirement that a deed must be written on ‘paper, parchment or vellum’. With a global shift headed towards an ever-advancing technological world, the demand for the ability to make a deed electronically is on the rise. Unfortunately, the question as to [read more]

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Budget impact on legacy pensions

The 2021–22 Federal Budget (released on 11 May 2021) announced changes for some — but not all — legacy pensions. In this article, we examine the strategic implications, remaining questions and what advisers should do for clients with certain legacy pensions. Background — pre 2007 Originally SMSFs were able to commence paying members ‘defined benefit pensions’. [read more]

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Merchant and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 915 – surprise risk to SMSF acquiring listed shares

The AAT yesterday handed down a decision regarding the disqualification of trustees or responsible officers of corporate trustees of superannuation entities. See Merchant and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 915. The decision involves Gordon Merchant, who appears to be the same Gordon Merchant as the founder of the famous Australian surf company Billabong. Facts The [read more]

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Coronica v FCT — latest Tribunal decision provides important tips regarding valuations and related party acquisitions

Earlier today the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) handed its decision in Coronica and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2021] AATA 745. It resulted in the Commissioner’s decision to make an SMSF non-complying being affirmed. The decision is lengthy (103 pages) and covers many interesting issues. In this article, we focus on one particular issue: valuation of [read more]

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Many building and similar contracts place SMSFs at risk

Overview SMSFs appear to have a great appetite for investing in real estate and becoming involved with making improvements to property and, in some cases, property development. However, while SMSFs frequently invest in property, many do not carefully review and negotiate their building and similar contracts to delete or exclude provisions which may result in [read more]

An important reminder on excess contributions: Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235

An important reminder on excess contributions: Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235

The recent AAT decision of Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235 serves as an important reminder when making superannuation contributions. Facts For the full decision, see A summary of the fact is as follows. The AAT indicated that during the financial year ended 30 June 2018, Mrs Purcell had a non-concessional contributions [read more]

PCG 2020/6 & recap on timing of contributions

PCG 2020/6 & recap on timing of contributions

The ATO recently released Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2020/6. The guideline considers the timing of income tax deductions for superannuation contributions made through the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (‘SBSCH’) and the ATO’s compliance approach. However, it is also a timely reminder on when to make contributions more generally. Background to PCG 2020/6 The ATO’s [read more]

Why use pension documentation from DBA Lawyers

Why use pension documentation from DBA Lawyers

DBA Lawyers offers industry-leading pension documentation. In this article, I set out several key benefits of using pension documentation from DBA Lawyers. Our expert lawyers regularly review and revise our documents Our documents are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure they reflect the latest superannuation, tax and related practical and strategic developments. Each suite of [read more]

Appeal handed down in Wareham v Marsella

Appeal handed down in Wareham v Marsella

Introduction The Victorian Court of Appeal recently handed down Wareham v Marsella [2020] VSCA 92. This judgement represents the appeal of Marsella v Wareham (No 2) [2019] VSC 65. In brief, the appeal was dismissed. The appeal judgement illustrates that trustees (including SMSF trustees) are held to very high standards, and when performing their duties, [read more]