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Webinar on SMSFs and property development … What to know about the ATO’s new Taxpayer Alert

On Friday 23 June 2023, DBA Lawyers is presenting a webinar on the recently issued ATO Taxpayer Alert TA 2023/2 discussing diverting profits of a property development project to a self managed superannuation fund, through the use of a special purpose vehicle. The ATO set out various concerns. This Taxpayer Alert is relevant for ALL [read more]


Director identification numbers needed soon

Background On 22 June 2020, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2020 (Cth)) received royal assent, which introduced the requirement for all directors of a company in Australia to have a director identification number (DIN). The purpose of introducing DINs is to prevent the use of fictitious director identities, assist regulators [read more]



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]


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]

Recent change to the tax treatment of income from super in a testamentary trust

Recent change to the tax treatment of income from super in a testamentary trust

Overview The article focuses on the tax treatment of superannuation proceeds that are paid to a testamentary trusts and the interaction of div 6AA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (ITAA 1936’) which covers excepted trust income (‘ETI’). This is an important topic because unless a minor beneficiary is an excepted person or [read more]