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Minimising lost opportunity: Payments above ABP minimum

Minimising lost opportunity: Payments above ABP minimum

Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers Significant time has passed since the introduction of the transfer balance cap (‘TBC’). During this period, many have become aware of the potential trap caused by the TBC for SMSF members who receive payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual amount, and have responded by [read more]

SMSF succession strategies

SMSF succession strategies

Daniel Butler, Director There are many strategies put forward on how to provide smooth and effective succession for self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’). Fortunately, while there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, there are a number of strategies that are simple and cost effective that can substantially bolster your position and set the ‘foundations’ [read more]

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The Complete Guide to Super Proceeds Trusts

DBA Lawyers is launching The Complete Guide to Super Proceeds Trusts. It covers: What exactly is an SPT? What is the key benefit of setting up an SPT? What checklist should advisers retain on file to help evidence that they have thoroughly considered whether to implement an SPT? Can an SPT be set up after [read more]

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Why should the deposit be paid by the SMSF trustee?

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, DBA Lawyers When self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’) borrow to acquire real property, one of the common mistakes is not having the deposit paid from the bank account of the SMSF trustee. This article highlights the importance of the deposit being paid the SMSF’s bank account [read more]

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Superannuation Complaints Tribunal orders fund trustee to refund fees to member for services ‘provided’ by financial adviser

By: Philippa Briglia, Lawyer ([email protected]) and Daniel Butler, Director ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers The decision of D18-19\002 is what we understand to be the first decision of a court or tribunal requiring a trustee of a superannuation fund to refund fees debited to a member and paid to financial advisers who did not provide any services [read more]

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Update on the Australian Financial Complaints Authority(AFCA)

By Shaun Backhaus ([email protected]), Lawyer and Daniel Butler([email protected]), Director DBA Lawyers In our previous article on AFCA we explained the background to AFCA’s establishment, what disputes it would apply to and how it would differ from the external dispute resolution schemes it replaced, such as the Financial Ombudsman Service. For further information please refer to [read more]

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Important Supreme Court decision provides further guidance on binding death benefit nominations

By: Philippa Briglia, Lawyer ([email protected]) and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel ([email protected]), DBA Lawyers The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Queensland in the case of Re Narumon Pty Ltd [2018] QSC 185 (‘Narumon’) again confirms the importance of having a quality SMSF document supplier. More specifically, it shows how poorly drafted binding death benefit [read more]

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Proposed regulation to extend SuperStream to SMSF Rollovers

By Christian Pakpahan, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director,DBA Lawyers Introduction On 17 July 2018, Treasury released exposure draft legislation which broadly extends the operation of SuperStream to cover self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’). Currently SMSFs only need to be able to receive contributions and rollovers through SuperStream. Current Legislation Currently SMSFs are only required to [read more]

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The sole purpose test substantially clarified by the Full Federal Court in Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation.

Daniel Butler ([email protected]), Director, and William Fettes ([email protected]) Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers A recent unanimous decision of the Full Federal Court represents a major win for SMSFs and taxpayers on the topic of the sole purpose test. This decision overturns the primary judge’s decision at first instance in Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [read more]

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Strategies to reduce your total superannuation balance: Part 3

Joseph Cheung ([email protected]), Lawyer and William Fettes ([email protected]), Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers Due to the importance of total superannuation balance (‘TSB’) testing under the major superannuation reforms, fund members have a strong incentive to carefully monitor their TSB over time and plan accordingly to moderate their TSB to fall within certain key thresholds. In part [read more]