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New ATO guidance on employee/contractor distinction – Part 6

The ATO has recently released TR 2023/4 – Income tax: pay as you go withholding – who is an employee? (Ruling), as well as Practical Compliance Guideline 2023/2 (PCG) to provide additional guidance in respect of the distinction between an employee and independent contractor. This is part 6 of our series of articles focusing on [read more]

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Penalties on SMSF trustees to increase substantially: time to change to a corporate trustee

Introduction With the penalty unit increasing from $313 to $330 in proposed legislation, SMSFs need to be extremely careful as this results in most administrative penalties increasing from $16,500 (ie, 60 penalty units x $275) to $19,800 (ie, 60 penalty units x $330). This follows the increase from $275 to $313 that already occurred on [read more]

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What an SMSF should do after paying out an LRBA loan

Upon completion of the repayment of a loan utilised for a limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBA) within a self managed superannuation fund (SMSF), a key decision faces each SMSF trustee: does the bare trustee transfer the property back to the SMSF trustee; or does the bare-trustee continue to hold the legal title to the property? [read more]

Changing SMSF trustees — why advisers should be more alert to the tips and traps

Change of SMSF trustees can easily be messed up

This article examines some of the key issues that can arise when change of trustee documents are not properly completed, and by the right people using quality document suppliers. What happens if a change of trustee is not properly completed? A change of trustee requires compliance with the provisions in the fund’s governing rules and [read more]

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University of Adelaide Report highlights numerous concerns with taxing $3M+ member super balances

A recent report by University of Adelaide’s International Centre for Financial Services (Report), issued in October 2023, has raised numerous concerns on the proposed new Division 296 tax. The proposed 15% tax on taxable superannuation earnings on superannuation fund member’s with more than $3 million in total superannuation balance (TSB) is set to commence from [read more]

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Vacant Residential Land Tax in Victoria soon to be extended

The Appointor of a discretionary trust is a role created under the terms of the trust that usually provides for that person to have the ultimate control of the trust. For example, the Appointor under the DBA Lawyers’ trust deed: • must consent to any variations to the trust deed; • has power to appoint [read more]

More businesses protected under unfair contract terms provisions

On 13 September 2023, Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (Cth) was introduced into the House of Representatives (NALE Bill). The NALE Bill provide guidance on changes to the non-arm’s length expense (NALE) provisions introduced in s 295-550(1)(b) and (c) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 [read more]

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Choice, default and stapled funds — what’s this all about?

On 13 September 2023, Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (Cth) was introduced into the House of Representatives (NALE Bill). The NALE Bill provide guidance on changes to the non-arm’s length expense (NALE) provisions introduced in s 295-550(1)(b) and (c) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 [read more]

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New 15% tax on $3M+ member super balances –– exposure draft legislation now issued as Div 296 tax

Overview The Treasury Laws Amendment (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions) Bill 2023 (Draft Bill), together with accompanying explanatory materials, was released by Treasury for public consultation on 3 October 2023. This follows the release by Treasury of a consultation paper, Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions (consultation paper) on 31 March 2023. The Draft Bill proposes to insert [read more]