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Choice, default and stapled funds — what’s this all about?

On 13 September 2023, Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (Cth) was introduced into the House of Representatives (NALE Bill). The NALE Bill provide guidance on changes to the non-arm’s length expense (NALE) provisions introduced in s 295-550(1)(b) and (c) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 [read more]


New 15% tax on $3M+ member super balances –– exposure draft legislation now issued as Div 296 tax

Overview The Treasury Laws Amendment (Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions) Bill 2023 (Draft Bill), together with accompanying explanatory materials, was released by Treasury for public consultation on 3 October 2023. This follows the release by Treasury of a consultation paper, Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions (consultation paper) on 31 March 2023. The Draft Bill proposes to insert [read more]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

Is an ASIC fee paid by a member for an SMSF corporate trustee a contribution or NALE?

Overview Where an SMSF member or related party pays the annual ASIC fee for a corporate trustee, this may give rise to non-arm’s length expense (NALE) risk that can result in non-arm’s length income (NALI). A NALE risk can also arise where a corporate trustee also acts in any other capacity (eg, carrying on a [read more]


Draft legislation issues on proposed NALE changes

In January 2023 Treasury proposed a lower than arm’s length (or nil) expense (NALE) be multiplied by five. For example, NALE of $1,000 would therefore give rise to $5,000 (5 x $1,000) of non-arm’s length income (NALI), taxed at 45% ($5,000 x 45%); resulting in $2,250 tax or an effective tax rate of 225%. (See our [read more]


The new 15% tax on $3M+ member total super balances from 1 July 2025 –– a tax analysis

Overview Broadly, from 1 July 2025, where a member’s total superannuation balance (TSB) exceeds $3 million, an increase in their TSB at the end of the relevant financial year (as adjusted for withdrawals and contributions) will be assessed to them personally as ordinary income. The increased amount of TSB will be subject to a maximum 15% tax, [read more]

Street Sign the Direction Way to Pleasant versus Nasty

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]


New pension laws just made!

On Monday 4 April 2022 the Government made new laws impacting pensions (see the Treasury Laws Amendment (Allowing Commutation of Certain Income Streams) Regulations 2022 (Cth)). Those in particular with legacy pensions should pay close attention! Over 200 years ago, on 7 March 1795, English newspaper The Hull Advertiser announced that ‘[t]he licence to wear hair [read more]


Exiting certain legacy pensions — new strategic opportunity!

New laws provide a strategic opportunity for exiting certain legacy pensions. We will cover this opportunity in great detail in a webinar to be held at 12 noon (AEST) Thursday 28 April 2022. Those who can’t attend can watch a recorded version. To register visit In this article we detail the preliminary ‘ins and [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]