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Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd [2021] WASCA 59 — how long can a BDBN last for in ALL Australian jurisdictions?

The Western Australian Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision in Hill v Zuda Pty Ltd [2021] WASCA 59. It provides a strong answer to the question of how long a binding death benefit nomination can last for in ALL Australian jurisdictions. Facts Ms Hill was the only child of Alec Kumar Sodhy (Deceased). [read more]

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Variation powers — lessons from Re Owies Family Trust [2020] VSC 716

Key facts The case of Re Owies Family Trust [2020] VSC 716 (Owies) provides many lessons for trustees and advisers dealing with discretionary trusts. This article focuses on one key issue raised in Owies, being the limited variation power that did not allow for a number of purported variations. Owies involved a dispute between the [read more]

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Merchant and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 915 – surprise risk to SMSF acquiring listed shares

The AAT yesterday handed down a decision regarding the disqualification of trustees or responsible officers of corporate trustees of superannuation entities. See Merchant and Commissioner of Taxation [2021] AATA 915. The decision involves Gordon Merchant, who appears to be the same Gordon Merchant as the founder of the famous Australian surf company Billabong. Facts The [read more]

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Coronica v FCT — latest Tribunal decision provides important tips regarding valuations and related party acquisitions

Earlier today the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Tribunal) handed its decision in Coronica and Commissioner of Taxation (Taxation) [2021] AATA 745. It resulted in the Commissioner’s decision to make an SMSF non-complying being affirmed. The decision is lengthy (103 pages) and covers many interesting issues. In this article, we focus on one particular issue: valuation of [read more]

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G v G (No. 2) [2020] NSWSC 818 — implications for fiduciaries dealing with super

The recent New South Wales Supreme Court decision of G v G (No. 2) [2020] NSWSC 818 (G v G) provides important guidance on the limitations that apply to trustees and managers of protected estates in dealing with superannuation investments, including in relation to making super contributions and binding death benefit nominations (‘BDBNs’). In this [read more]

SMSFs and rent relief due to COVID-19 and how to make a BDBN without witnessing

Breaking down Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCAFC 122

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Bryce Figot, Special Counsel and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer discuss the case of Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCAFC 122 (‘Aussiegolfa’). Bryce and Shaun discuss the in-house asset issue, explain what the case tells us about the sole purpose test and also discuss how advisers [read more]

An important reminder when drafting deeds: Wilstead No. 5 Pty Ltd v Smyth [2020] VSC 651

An important reminder when drafting deeds: Wilstead No. 5 Pty Ltd v Smyth [2020] VSC 651

The recent Victorian Supreme Court decision of Wilstead No. 5 Pty Ltd v Smyth [2020] VSC 651 serves as an important reminder when drafting SMSF deeds. These days many non-lawyers — such as accountants and financial planners — draft deeds by populating websites that instantly generate deeds with no lawyer review or sign off. We [read more]

An important reminder on excess contributions: Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235

An important reminder on excess contributions: Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235

The recent AAT decision of Purcell and Commissioner of Taxation [2020] AATA 4235 serves as an important reminder when making superannuation contributions. Facts For the full decision, see http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/AATA//2020/4235.html. A summary of the fact is as follows. The AAT indicated that during the financial year ended 30 June 2018, Mrs Purcell had a non-concessional contributions [read more]

SMSFs and rent relief due to COVID-19 and how to make a BDBN without witnessing

Contributions age tests, testamentary trusts and the importance of the original trust deed

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, we discuss the recent changes to contribution age tests, amendments to the treatment of excepted trust income in testamentary trusts and the recent case of Sutton v NRS(J) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 826 regarding lost trust deeds. Firstly, we discuss making contributions and some of the recent changes to [read more]

Sutton v NRS(J) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 826: Lessons for managing lost trust deeds

Sutton v NRS(J) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 826: Lessons for managing lost trust deeds

The recent decision of Sutton v NRS(J) Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 826 highlights the importance of having original executed copies of all constituent trust documents. It has tremendous relevance for SMSFs. Facts The facts of the case were as follows: In 17 August 1972, a discretionary trust (‘Trust’) was established for the benefit of the [read more]