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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]

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Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd [2021] WASCA 59 — how long can a BDBN last for in ALL Australian jurisdictions?

The Western Australian Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision in Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd [2021] WASCA 59. It provides a strong answer to the question of how long a binding death benefit nomination can last for in ALL Australian jurisdictions. Facts Ms Hill was the only child of Alec Kumar Sodhy (Deceased). [read more]

Close up of typewriter and Deed of trust

Variation powers — lessons from Re Owies Family Trust [2020] VSC 716

Key facts The case of Re Owies Family Trust [2020] VSC 716 (Owies) provides many lessons for trustees and advisers dealing with discretionary trusts. This article focuses on one key issue raised in Owies, being the limited variation power that did not allow for a number of purported variations. Owies involved a dispute between the [read more]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

SMSFs – can all income be NALI?

Overview Broadly, SMSF trustees may assume that, in any related party dealing, NALI will apply unless they can prove otherwise given the ATO may issue an assessment and place the burden on the SMSF trustee to prove that it is excessive. One key criticism of the draft Law Companion Ruling 2019/D3 (the draft LCR) is [read more]

SMSFs, LRBAs and NALI

SMSFs, LRBAs and NALI

Overview When dealing with limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs), it is important to understand the consequences that may arise where the LRBA is not implemented and maintained on a proper basis. This is especially so in the case of a self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) undertaking a related party LRBA. The terms and conditions of [read more]

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Company constitutions and SMSFs

This article considers why the constitution of a corporate trustee is important and what should be included in an SMSF constitution. Firstly, there are many reasons why a coporate trustee is preferable to individual trustees for an SMSF. For example a corporate trustee has the following benefits over indiviuals: ease of succession planning and meeting [read more]

Electronic execution of deeds — is it here to stay?

Electronic execution of deeds — is it here to stay?

Introduction Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators across the states and territories have been passing temporary legislation to allow for documents to be signed and witnessed using technology. At the date of this article, Victoria (‘Vic’), New South Wales (‘NSW’) and Queensland (‘QLD’) are still the only jurisdictions to make provision for deeds [read more]

Six member SMSFs — important trap hinted at by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Six member SMSFs — important trap hinted at by the Senate Economics Legislation Committee

When considering six member SMSFs, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee has hinted at an important trap that advisers must remember. Background On 27 April 2018 the then Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer MP announced that the government would expand the limit on the maximum number of members in SMSFs from four to [read more]