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Business And New Year Concept Of Budget Planning 2021. Fliped Wo

Budget impact on legacy pensions

The 2021–22 Federal Budget (released on 11 May 2021) announced changes for some — but not all — legacy pensions. In this article, we examine the strategic implications, remaining questions and what advisers should do for clients with certain legacy pensions. Background — pre 2007 Originally SMSFs were able to commence paying members ‘defined benefit pensions’. [read more]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

SMSFs with units in unit trusts and NALI –– review and action may be needed

Introduction There are a considerable number of SMSFs that invest in private unit trusts. These unit trusts may include pre-99 unit trusts, unrelated unit trusts and non-geared unit trusts (under div 13.3A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) (SISR)). The ATO’s draft Law Companion Ruling 2019/D3 (Draft LCR) outlines, among other things, the [read more]

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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]

Close up of typewriter and Deed of trust

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]

NALI –– unit trusts and draft LCR 2019/D3

SMSFs – can all income be NALI?

Overview Broadly, SMSF trustees may assume that, in any related party dealing, NALI will apply unless they can prove otherwise given the ATO may issue an assessment and place the burden on the SMSF trustee to prove that it is excessive. One key criticism of the draft Law Companion Ruling 2019/D3 (the draft LCR) is [read more]

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Many building and similar contracts place SMSFs at risk

Overview SMSFs appear to have a great appetite for investing in real estate and becoming involved with making improvements to property and, in some cases, property development. However, while SMSFs frequently invest in property, many do not carefully review and negotiate their building and similar contracts to delete or exclude provisions which may result in [read more]

SMSFs, LRBAs and NALI

Related party LRBA variations and PCG 2016/5

What is PCG 2016/5? Advisers would be well aware of the ATO’s ‘safe harbour’ regarding the application of non-arm’s length income (NALI) to related party limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs). Broadly, the ATO’s Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2016/5 (Guideline) sets out ‘safe harbour’ terms on which SMSF trustees may structure their LRBAs which the ATO [read more]