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SMSFs, LRBAs and NALI

SMSFs, LRBAs and NALI

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]

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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]

Splitting documents should not be overlooked

Splitting documents should not be overlooked

Where a relationship breakdown has occurred between spouses, the parties’ superannuation entitlements may be subject to an overall family law property settlement. Typically this involves one spouse agreeing to or otherwise being required to give up some of their superannuation benefits in favour of the other spouse based on appropriately drafted orders or financial agreements. [read more]

The proportioning rule is key to many super strategies

The proportioning rule is key to many super strategies

Introduction The proportioning rule is used to calculate the tax free and taxable components of a superannuation benefit. Having a sound understanding of this rule is key to many super strategies. Overview –– proportioning rule The proportioning rule provides that the tax free and taxable components of a superannuation benefit are taken to be paid [read more]

Civil penalty orders imposed on SMSF trustees

Civil penalty orders imposed on SMSF trustees

This article considers a number of civil penalty orders that have been imposed by the courts on trustees of SMSFs that contravened the civil penalty provisions under s 193 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (‘SISA’). Background Substantial penalties can be imposed for contravening the following: the sole purpose test; lending or providing financial [read more]

SMSF Trustee Compliance Kit

SMSF Trustee Compliance Kit

The DBA Lawyers’ Trustee Compliance Kit (‘TC Kit’) provides practical guidance for SMSF trustees on the procedural requirements of decision recording. The TC Kit provides excellent guidance on how SMSF trustees should comply with their decision making and recording of trustee decisions under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (‘SISA’) and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) [read more]

Investment segregation in an SMSF explained

Investment segregation in an SMSF explained

When advisers hear the word ‘segregation’ in an SMSF context, they typically think of segregation for tax purposes. Broadly, this type of segregation involves calculating a fund’s exempt current pension income exemption for a financial year under the segregated method, with any capital gains (or losses) in respect of ‘segregated current pension assets’ being disregarded. [read more]