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What type of dishonesty disqualifies a person from having an SMSF?

By Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Introduction This article examines the nature of disqualification and what convictions can preclude a person from forever being an SMSF trustee/director. Given the serious consequences of disqualification, it is important to consider the circumstances in which a person may have been automatically, and even unknowingly, disqualified. SMSF members should also [read more]

What limits SMSF advisers should be aware of when providing advice

What limits SMSF advisers should be aware of when providing advice

By Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers Overview This articles examine what advice SMSF advisers can and cannot provide without ‘stepping over the line’ especially in providing taxation, financial product or legal advice which they may not be permitted to provide. For example, an adviser providing legal advice or services (eg, preparing an SMSF deed [read more]

NALI – is the ATO’s net too wide?

NALI – is the ATO’s net too wide?

Overview Recently the ATO released draft Law Companion Ruling 2019/D3 (‘LCR’) on the newly passed non-arm’s length income (‘NALI’) amendments to s 295-550 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (‘ITAA 1997’). One key criticism of the draft LCR is the breadth of the ATO’s view in relation to the ‘nexus’ that is required between [read more]

NALI –– warning –– draft LCR 2019/D3

NALI –– warning –– draft LCR 2019/D3

Overview Draft Law Companion Ruling LCR 2019/D3 contains a very draconic application of the newly amended non-arm’s length income (‘NALI’) and expenditure (‘NALE’) provisions in ss 295-550(1)(b) and 295-550(1)(c) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (‘ITAA 1997’). Advisers must be aware of this application. However, it should be noted that there is considerable opposition [read more]

Salary sacrifice amounts and SG changes

Salary sacrifice amounts and SG changes

By William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, and Daniel Butler ([email protected]) Director, DBA Lawyers From 1 January 2020 employers will also be required to provide superannuation guarantee (‘SG’) support on the amount of employee salary sacrificed contributions under salary sacrifice arrangements (‘SSA’). This article examines this change that was recently made by the Treasury Laws Amendment [read more]

NSW Duty and Land Tax changes

NSW duty and land tax surcharge changes — action needed before 31 December 2019

By Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director and Shaun Backhaus, ([email protected]), Lawyer, DBA Lawyers Upcoming changes There are currently changes before the NSW Parliament which, if passed into law, will have an impact for any discretionary trust that holds residential property in NSW. To minimise any risk, trustees and advisers should take action to be ready for [read more]

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]

LRBAs — current tips and traps

LRBAs — current tips and traps

By Allison Murphy, Lawyer ([email protected]), and William Fettes, Senior Associate ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers The limited recourse borrowing arrangement (‘LRBA’) lending market has undergone a significant shift in recent years, with most first-tier bank lenders withdrawing their LRBA offerings for purchasers of residential property. As a result, several smaller second-tier lenders have emerged to fill the [read more]

LRBA Wind Up Documentation

LRBA Wind Up Documentation

By Kimberley Noah ([email protected]), Lawyer When winding up a limited recourse borrowing arrangement (‘LRBA’), appropriate documentation is required. Broadly, an SMSF trustee has the right to acquire legal ownership of an LRBA asset (ie, from the relevant custodian/bare trustee) after the loan is fully repaid. Refer to s 67A(1)(c) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act [read more]