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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]

SMSFs and rent relief due to COVID-19 and how to make a BDBN without witnessing

Foreign purchaser duty and land tax — a complex web of State taxes

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Bryce Figot, Special Counsel and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer, discuss the foreign purchaser duty and land tax surcharges that have been adopted by various states and territories. The foreign purchaser duty and land tax provisions are additional surcharges that, broadly, are applied to foreign persons purchasing residential property [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]

PCG 2020/6 & recap on timing of contributions

PCG 2020/6 & recap on timing of contributions

The ATO recently released Practical Compliance Guideline PCG 2020/6. The guideline considers the timing of income tax deductions for superannuation contributions made through the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (‘SBSCH’) and the ATO’s compliance approach. However, it is also a timely reminder on when to make contributions more generally. Background to PCG 2020/6 The ATO’s [read more]

Six member SMSFs –– the pros and cons

Six member SMSFs –– the pros and cons

Overview The prospect of six member SMSFs has moved a step further when the Treasury Laws Amendment (Self-Managed Superannuation Funds) Bill 2020 (‘Bill’) was recently introduced into Parliament. If the Bill is finalised as law in November, the increase to the maximum allowable number of members for an SMSF could commence as early as 1 [read more]

Managing TBC & minimising excess transfer balance tax

Managing TBC & excess transfer balance tax

Overview This article focuses on managing a member’s transfer balance cap (‘TBC’) with a view to minimising excess transfer balance tax (‘ETB Tax’). We provide a brief background to assist members and SMSF trustees to better monitor transfer balance caps (‘TBC’) so they can avoid or minimise ETB Tax. This article covers account-style pensions such [read more]

SMSFs and rent relief due to COVID-19 and how to make a BDBN without witnessing

Understanding the DBA Lawyers SMSF deed

Bryce Figot and Daniel Butler provide you with an insight into the many value-added features of the DBA Lawyers SMSF deed. They are both wanting to ensure our adviser clients can provide the best service to their SMSF clients having a deeper understanding of the strategies that can be unlocked by using our SMSF deed. [read more]

The best time for an SMSF to make a voluntary disclosure to the ATO is now

The best time for an SMSF to make a voluntary disclosure to the ATO is now

Recently the ATO’s Acting Assistant Commissioner for Superannuation, Steve Keating, outlined the ATO’s current approach to dealing with SMSFs facing compliance issues and making voluntary disclosures. The ATO has recognised that many Australians are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore it is not pursuing its usual audit program. For [read more]

SG amnesty –– 7 September 2020 deadline

SG amnesty –– 7 September 2020 deadline

Background The Superannuation Guarantee (‘SG’) amnesty was introduced as law on 6 March 2020 by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Act 2020 (Cth) and the deadline of 7 September 2020 is near. The amnesty enables ‘employers’ to rectify any shortfall and related amounts under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth) (‘SGAA’) for [read more]

Discretionary trusts & the foreign purchaser duty surcharge across Australia

Discretionary trusts & the foreign purchaser duty surcharge across Australia

Broadly, foreign purchaser duty surcharge of 7% to 8% applies on top of the normal duty impost (typically between 5% to 6%) where a discretionary trust acquires relevant real estate and the trust is deemed to be a ‘foreign trust’ in the relevant jurisdiction. For simplicity, we refer to ‘discretionary trusts with foreign beneficiaries’ that [read more]