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SMSF Bank Accounts and Overdraft Implications

SMSF bank accounts and overdraft implications

Bank accounts are essential for a self managed superannuation fund (SMSF). For example, an SMSF typically requires a bank account to accept receipts including contributions and rollovers and pay expenses and benefits. However, many SMSF trustees fail to realise that some bank accounts are riskier than others. This article outlines the importance of preventing a [read more]

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When does Division 296 tax ($3M+) make super not worth it?

Short answer The short answer is that clients should conduct detailed financial modelling and make an objective decision based on the numbers after examining their available options having regard to their particular factual circumstances. Generally, clients should not act hastily and should be better positioned to make a more informed decision closer to 30 June [read more]

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Employee or contractor – new changes to the Fair Work Act – Part 7

This is part 7 of our series of ‘employee versus contractor’ articles. Part 7 focuses on recent changes by the Federal Government to the definition of ‘employer’ and ‘employee’ in the context of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA). The other articles (parts 1-6) are linked under the Related Articles heading below. Overview The [read more]

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Victoria’s vacant residential land tax – holiday home exemption

The vacant residential land tax (VRLT) applies to all vacant residential land throughout Victoria from 1 January 2025. This tax can also apply to holiday homes unless the holiday home exemption (HH Exemption) or another exemption applies. What is VRLT? VRLT was originally introduced in 2017 to assist with housing affordability as overseas purchasers were [read more]

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Status update on the non-arm’s length expense legislation as Senate approves

The non-arm’s length expense (NALE) legislation was approved by the Senate on 27 March 2024. The draft legislation (ie, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (Bill)) that includes a limit on general NALE for SMSFs, now awaits approval from the House of Representatives. Parliament resumes on [read more]

Deed of trust

Does a change of trustee deed in NSW require registration?

Preparing a valid change of trustee deed can prove complex as, among other things, the governing rules of the trust or SMSF must be complied with, the correct parties must be made a party and the deed needs to be appropriately drafted. Moreover, in New South Wales (NSW), the question also arises –– whether a [read more]

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AAT decision on the assessable component (applicable fund earnings) of foreign super fund transfers

The AAT decision of Came and Commissioner of Taxation [2023] AATA 3951 highlights some complexities related to foreign superannuation fund transfers to Australian superannuation funds under the rules in sub-div 305-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 1997). Facts The taxpayer, Mr James Came, migrated from South Africa to Australia in 2004. [read more]

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Why you should order discretionary trusts from DBA Lawyers

While DBA is recognised as Australia’s leading SMSF law firm, it is also well known for its trust law experience and trust documents. We believe that we offer an excellent discretionary trust deed that is easy to read, provides great flexibility and reflects the latest legal developments. As lawyers advising on discretionary trust issues and [read more]

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Recent AFCA decision protects SMSF interests

A recent Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) decision highlights the consequences for financial advisers when they fail to meet their service obligations. Under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (CA) financial advisers are required to ‘act in the best interests of the client’ and ‘must only provide advice if it would be reasonable to conclude that [read more]

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Victoria’s new annual tax on commercial and industrial property from 1 July 2024

Overview A new commercial and industrial property (C&I Property) tax of 1% p.a. applies in Victoria from 1 July 2024. This new tax will be levied on the land’s unimproved value and is payable in addition to any land tax. Duty on the purchase of C&I Property will be phased out. This article reflects the guidance [read more]