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New ATO guidance on restructured market linked pensions

The ATO has recently updated its guidance on how the transfer balance cap (TBC) rules apply where a market linked pension (MLP) that was in place prior to 1 July 2017 has been commuted or restructured on or after that date. We examine below the ATO’s current approach (see CRT Alerts 007/2022 and 010/2022) to [read more]

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NALE & NALI = NASTY as a 120% tax rate can apply to contributions

Overview Many believe super is tax effective. However, Australia has the highest tax rate in the world on retirement savings in certain situations. This article focuses on the potential impact of the non-arm’s length income (NALI) and non-arm’s length expenditure (NALE) provisions found in s 295-550 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 1997) [read more]

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SMSFs doing property development may be hit with GST

The recent case of Ian Mark Collins & Mieneke Mianno Collins ATF The Collins Retirement Fund and Commissioner of Taxation [2022] AATA 628 is an important reminder for advisers about the application of the goods and services tax (GST) laws to self managed superannuation funds. This case also raises previously untested issues concerning the extent [read more]


The latest news on NALI & NALE

As we draw to the end of FY2022 it is important for advisers to be aware of the changes to the Commissioner’s application of the non-arm’s length income (NALI) provisions. PCG 2020/5 In light of the Commissioner’s general expense nexus view causing controversy within the industry (both with large APRA funds and SMSFs), the Commissioner [read more]


Employee or contractor –– High Court focus on contract v. multi-factors –– Part 2

The law in relation to who is an employee or independent contractor has developed over many years both here in Australia and overseas. Several recent Australian High Court decisions provide greater clarity on this distinction which we discuss below. Employee v contractor ­­– PAYG & SG – Part 1 Note that this is the second [read more]


New choice simplifies ECPI claims via the unsegregated or actuarial method

On 10 February 2022, the Federal Parliament passed Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Superannuation Outcomes For Australians and Helping Australian Businesses Invest) Bill 2021 (Bill) which contains an important measure impacting how SMSFs can claim exempt current pension income (ECPI). In broad terms, the ECPI changes in the Bill improve the ability of fund trustees to [read more]

Contribution Rules

Recent changes to contributions rules

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Superannuation Outcomes for Australians and Helping Australian Businesses Invest) Bill 2021 (Bill) recently passed both houses of Parliament and only awaits Royal Assent. The key superannuation measures in this Bill are: Removal of the $450 monthly income threshold for superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations. Increasing the amount eligible for release under [read more]


Seeking compensation for defective ATO administration

Introduction The ATO is a large bureaucracy with a large workforce handling complex legislation. Mistakes sometimes can occur. ATO mistakes or ‘maladministration’ can give to considerable costs to taxpayers. In certain circumstances taxpayers (including SMSF trustees) may seek compensation from the ATO where, for example, the ATO has directly caused a taxpayer to suffer detriment, [read more]

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SMSFs –– substantial uncertainty with NALI impact on employee share schemes

Acquiring shares under an employee share scheme (ESS) via your self managed superannuation fund (SMSF) may appear attractive but substantial uncertainty has arisen following the ATO’s recent ruling, LCR 2021/2, on the application of the non-arm’s length income (NALI) rules to such a transaction. [read more]