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The new ‘ipso facto’ regime and SMSFs

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers The new law pertaining to ‘ipso facto’ clauses came into operation on 1 July 2018. This article highlights the relevance of the new law for SMSFs. Note that the law in this area is complex and a detailed and careful analysis is required to [read more]

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Payments above ABP minimum documentation now covers TRISs in retirement phase

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers   Many in the industry are aware of the potential trap caused by the transfer balance cap (‘TBC’) for SMSF members who receive payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual amount. Naturally, unless appropriate documentation is in place prior to the payment being made, [read more]

Minimising lost opportunity: Payments above ABP minimum

Minimising lost opportunity: Payments above ABP minimum

Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers Significant time has passed since the introduction of the transfer balance cap (‘TBC’). During this period, many have become aware of the potential trap caused by the TBC for SMSF members who receive payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual amount, and have responded by [read more]

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Why should the deposit be paid by the SMSF trustee?

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers When self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’) borrow to acquire real property, one of the common mistakes is not having the deposit paid from the bank account of the SMSF trustee. This article highlights the importance of the deposit being paid the SMSF’s bank account [read more]

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Strategies to reduce your total superannuation balance: Part 3

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers Due to the importance of total superannuation balance (‘TSB’) testing under the major superannuation reforms, fund members have a strong incentive to carefully monitor their TSB over time and plan accordingly to moderate their TSB to fall within certain key thresholds. In part [read more]

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Strategies to reduce your total superannuation balance: Part 2

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers An individual’s total superannuation balance (‘TSB’) determines many of their superannuation rights, entitlements and obligations. Accordingly, there is a strong incentive for individuals to carefully monitor their TSB over time, particularly towards the end of a financial year (‘FY’) when most TSB thresholds [read more]

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Strategies to reduce your total superannuation balance: Part 1

Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and William Fettes, Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers An individual’s total superannuation balance (‘TSB’) determines many of their superannuation rights and entitlements, such as eligibility to contribute after-tax amounts into superannuation without an excess arising. Accordingly, there is a strong incentive for individuals to carefully monitor their TSB over time, particularly towards the [read more]

ATO's view on SMSFs and reserves

SMSFRB 2018/1: ATO’s view on SMSFs and reserves

Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’) has issued SMSF Regulator’s Bulletin SMSFRB 2018/1 ‘The use of reserves by self-managed superannuation funds’. This is the most comprehensive material ever released by the ATO on the use of reserves by self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’). This article highlights the [read more]

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Total superannuation balance milestones

Joseph Cheung, Lawyer, William Fettes, Senior Associate, and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The total superannuation balance (‘TSB’) is one of the most important new concepts introduced as part of the major superannuation reforms that broadly came into effect on 1 July 2017. Many superannuation obligations and rights depend on a member’s TSB: broadly the total [read more]