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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]

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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]

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Discretionary trusts – variations and issues

Discretionary trusts are an extremely popular structuring and investment vehicle in Australia. In FY2016, there were around 850,000 trusts in Australia with assets of more than $3 trillion with one report predicting there could be more than a million trusts by 2022. In most Australian jurisdictions a discretionary trust can last up to 80 years (and in [read more]

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What to do about defects in SMSF deeds: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link

It is very common for an SMSF to be commenced by a deed of establishment. Then, when the governing rules need to be updated, this typically is done by way of a deed of variation. The deed of establishment, in conjunction with the deeds of variation including any change of trustee documents, are sometimes then [read more]

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SMSF deeds: how does your supplier rate?

While the provision of documents from non-qualified suppliers may appear to be a simple and low-cost approach, there are numerous risks involved for advisers and end-users. Introduction Most SMSF deeds are now probably supplied via non-qualified suppliers, with minimal lawyer input (eg the deed template may have had some input by a lawyer). This is [read more]

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Contribution reserving – are you aware of all the risks?

When discussing contribution strategies with clients, advisers should be mindful not to present contribution reserving as a straightforward exercise, as there are a number of practical issues and potential risks that should be carefully considered before proceeding with a contribution reserving strategy. This article discusses some of the common hurdles and risks to assist in [read more]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

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

Introduction 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 draft Law Companion Ruling 2019/D3 (Draft LCR) outlines, among other things, the [read more]