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Intensive subject on Tax of Superannuation via Melbourne University

Daniel Butler and Bryce Figot of DBA Lawyers are senior fellows at Melbourne Law School and are lecturing a subject titled LAWS90235 Tax of Superannuation A. It is a three day intensive subject and will run in March 2022. Centred around SMSFs, the subject deals with the policies, technical rules, and current practical problems in [read more]

Close up of typewriter and Deed of trust

High Court to decide how long can a BDBN last for!

For many years there was debate in the SMSF industry as to whether an SMSF binding death benefit nomination (BDBN) could last indefinitely. A number of supreme court cases from several different Australian states have held that an SMSF BDBN can last indefinitely, so long as the deed is written to provide for this. Then, [read more]

Street Sign the Direction Way to Pleasant versus Nasty

LCR 2021/2 — discounts to SMSFs invoke NALI

The ATO’s ruling, Law Companion Ruling LCR 2021/2, outlines the application of the ATO’s view on the non-arm’s length expenditure (NALE) provisions, and clarifies when and where an outgoing, expenditure or loss can constitute non-arm’s length income (NALI). The ATO’s view is that, where an expense is incurred by a fund that is less than [read more]


Two AAT decisions on what constitutes business real property

Two recent AAT decisions shed important light on what constitutes business real property: Allzams Trust and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 2767 and Allen and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 2768. Both cases involved a disappointed taxpayer seeking a review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a decision of the Commissioner of Taxation. These decisions [read more]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

SMSFs with units in unit trusts and NALI –– review and action may be needed

There are a considerable number of SMSFs that invest in private unit trusts. These unit trusts may include pre-99 unit trusts, unrelated unit trusts and non-geared unit trusts (under div 13.3A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) (SISR)). The ATO’s Law Companion Ruling 2021/2 (LCR 2021/2) outlines, among other things, the ATO’s view [read more]