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SMSFs and GST withholding on residential premises

SMSFs and GST withholding on residential premises

By Kimberley Noah ([email protected]), Lawyer, and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director Introduction The GST withholding regime (‘Withholding Regime’) was introduced on 1 July 2018 to collect GST from foreign vendors, but has much broader application. GST is typically a vendor responsibility. However, under the Withholding Regime, purchasers of certain residential property must withhold GST from the [read more]

Reversionary pensions v. BBDNs: advisers’ risks

Reversionary pensions v. BBDNs: advisers’ risks

By Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), and Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Introduction There has been a number of commentators suggesting that if a pension reversion nomination conflicts with a binding death benefit nomination (‘BDBN’), the pension reversion nomination prevails. While we acknowledge the answer is not necessarily black and white; as it depends [read more]

SMSF investment strategies –– are they a financial product?

SMSF investment strategies –– are they a financial product?

Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Many advisers do not foresee the potential flow-on legal consequences from merely providing an investment strategy template to an SMSF client. Indeed, many believe they are merely assisting their client particularly to ensure the SMSF will have the necessary paperwork to survive an [read more]

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SMSF Succession Planning Day (Face-To-Face)

On Wednesday 20 November 2019 DBA Network is holding a special, once-off SMSF Succession Planning Day (face-to-face). It will provide a practical, step-by-step guide on how to ensure that a member’s SMSF benefits are appropriately dealt with upon their incapacity or death. It is designed for financial planners, accountants, auditors, SMSF administrators and lawyers who want [read more]

Investment strategies –– what SMSF trustees must do

Investment strategies –– what SMSF trustees must do

Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers This article provides some background and some key points to SMSF investment strategies. What is an investment strategy? An investment strategy is a plan for making, holding and realising assets consistent with the investment objectives adopted by an SMSF trustee. An investment strategy [read more]

The $1.6 million transfer balance cap revisited

The $1.6 million transfer balance cap revisited

By Kimberley Noah ([email protected]), Lawyer, and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate Introduction The $1.6 million transfer balance cap (‘TBC’) imposes a limit on the total amount that a fund member can transfer into an exempt (retirement phase) pension. The TBC was introduced with effect from 1 July 2017 with the intention of making the tax [read more]

Reversionary pension v BDBN: which one wins?

Reversionary pension v BDBN: which one wins?

By Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers and Daniel Butler, Director There is a misconception that reversionary pension documentation will always apply before a binding death benefit nomination. If the SMSF deed is silent on the question, it can be entirely possible at times that the binding death benefit nomination (‘BDBN’) will apply before any [read more]

Is the superannuation guarantee system in need of an urgent overhaul

Is the superannuation guarantee system in need of an urgent overhaul?

By Kimberley Noah, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers Employers are required to make the minimum superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) contribution for each employee to avoid a shortfall under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth) (‘SGAA’). This appears to be a simplistic rule. If an employer does not provide the minimum SG contribution, significant [read more]

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Reversionary pension vs BDBN: which outcome is preferred?

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director and Bryce Figot ([email protected]), Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers Imagine a conflict between pension documentation and a binding death benefit nomination (‘BDBN’) in a self managed superannuation fund (‘SMSF’) context. For example, the pension documentation states that the pension is reversionary to the surviving spouse; however, the BDBN states that the death benefits [read more]