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What disqualifies you from having an SMSF?

Christian Pakpahan ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers This article covers the main ways a person becomes a disqualified person, the consequences of disqualification and the options available to those who are disqualified. (We refer to a trustee in this article as covering both individual trustees of an SMSF and directors of [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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Update on the Australian Financial Complaints Authority(AFCA)

By Shaun Backhaus ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler([email protected]), Director DBA Lawyers In our previous article on AFCA we explained the background to AFCA’s establishment, what disputes it would apply to and how it would differ from the external dispute resolution schemes it replaced, such as the Financial Ombudsman Service. For further information please refer to [read more]

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The sole purpose test substantially clarified by the Full Federal Court in Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation.

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, and William Fettes ([email protected]) Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers A recent unanimous decision of the Full Federal Court represents a major win for SMSFs and taxpayers on the topic of the sole purpose test. This decision overturns the primary judge’s decision at first instance in Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [read more]

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SMSFs –– the CGT withholding regime on property transfers is far broader than many think

By: Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Most people by now may be aware of the non-resident capital gains tax withholding (‘Withholding Regime’), which applies to vendors disposing of certain taxable property. Broadly, the Withholding Regime was introduced to allow the Australian government to obtain tax in respect of foreign vendors. However, the Withholding Regime [read more]

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Bare trust documents are required where fund trustees are practically unable to hold legal title to fund assets

By William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers The starting point at general law is that legal title to fund assets must generally be held in name of the current trustees of the fund. However, this is not always possible, eg, where an SMSF trustee is unable to hold legal title, and title is instead [read more]

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Proposed SG amnesty raises opportunities and risks

By Christian Pakpahan, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers On 24 May 2018, the government announced a 12 month superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) amnesty (‘Amnesty’) that proposes to give employers an opportunity to rectify past SG non-compliance without penalty. If the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2018 (‘SG Bill’) is ever [read more]

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How the Federal Budget 2018 will impact SMSFs

By Christian Pakpahan, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers We outline below the key superannuation changes announced in the Federal Budget 2018 on 8 May 2018. Some of the proposed changes will have a substantial impact on SMSFs if they are finalised as law. Nomination of superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) for certain employees with multiple [read more]

DBA Lawyers - Ensure an SMSF meets the residency tests

Ensure an SMSF meets the residency tests

By Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The consequences of an SMSF failing the residency rules can be automatic non-complying status. This will broadly mean the entire amount of the SMSF’s assets, less non-concessional contributions, are taxed at 45% in the year of non-compliance (47% during temporary budget repair levy financial years of 2014-15, 2015-16 and [read more]