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BDBNs – what to look out for and what to avoid

A binding death benefit nomination (BDBN) is a direction made by a member to the superannuation fund trustee requiring the trustee to pay the member’s superannuation death benefits in a certain way, eg, to the member’s dependant(s) and/or to their legal personal representative(s) (ie, the executor(s) of the member’s will). BDBNs are usually set out [read more]


New ATO guidance on restructured market linked pensions

The ATO has recently updated its guidance on how the transfer balance cap (TBC) rules apply where a market linked pension (MLP) that was in place prior to 1 July 2017 has been commuted or restructured on or after that date. We examine below the ATO’s current approach (see CRT Alerts 007/2022 and 010/2022) to [read more]

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SMSFs and contractual tips and traps

SMSF trustees undertake a wide range of investments and activities across many different sectors in many different countries around the world. In so doing, SMSF trustees enter into various contracts, some standard form contracts and others with negotiated or tailor-made provisions. SMSF trustees must act prudently and act in beneficiaries’ best financial interests. To this [read more]

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NALE & NALI = NASTY as a 120% tax rate can apply to contributions

Overview Many believe super is tax effective. However, Australia has the highest tax rate in the world on retirement savings in certain situations. This article focuses on the potential impact of the non-arm’s length income (NALI) and non-arm’s length expenditure (NALE) provisions found in s 295-550 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 1997) [read more]

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SMSFs doing property development may be hit with GST

The recent case of Ian Mark Collins & Mieneke Mianno Collins ATF The Collins Retirement Fund and Commissioner of Taxation [2022] AATA 628 is an important reminder for advisers about the application of the goods and services tax (GST) laws to self managed superannuation funds. This case also raises previously untested issues concerning the extent [read more]


How long can an SMSF BDBN last for? The High Court answers in Hill v Zuda

The High Court of Australia has settled the debate on how long an SMSF BDBN can last for. Implicitly this judgement also provides support in answering other critical SMSF succession planning questions, such as: Can a BDBN make a pension reversion mid-stream? Can a BDBN override pension documentation? Do you actually want a BDBN to [read more]

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Advantages of the DBA Lawyers SMSF deed (2022-23)

DBA Lawyers latest SMSF governing rules and related documents include many value-added features. This article briefly explains why our SMSF documents are the best available. Recent changes to DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules Our latest DBA Lawyers’ SMSF governing rules (version 2022-23) comes with the following upgrades: express exclusion of reg 6.17A given the High [read more]


The latest news on NALI & NALE

As we draw to the end of FY2022 it is important for advisers to be aware of the changes to the Commissioner’s application of the non-arm’s length income (NALI) provisions. PCG 2020/5 In light of the Commissioner’s general expense nexus view causing controversy within the industry (both with large APRA funds and SMSFs), the Commissioner [read more]