Pension transfer cap will increase on 1st July 2021 so if you’re nearing retirement and have a large amount in your transfer balance account it may be wise to delay until 1 July 2021 to take advantage of the recent pension transfer cap increase from $1.6m to $1.7 due to indexation.
Retirement for super access purposes, what does it mean? Did you know that if you’re aged between 60 and 64, you can access your super if you change jobs without retiring permanently?
Reverse mortgage lending demand and retirement advice. Since the global financial crisis, demand for reverse mortgages have grown steadily.
Review highlights failings in superannuation system. The Productivity Commission’s recent report on Australia’s superannuation system reveals some concerning weaknesses in the APRA regulated funds sector, particularly for millions of member accounts in “MySuper” default funds.
Risky behaviour, Where are you on the super spectrum? You are probably aware of the importance of having an up-to-date professional profile, but how much do you know about your superannuation risk profile?
Selling shares, how much capital gains tax will you pay? Did you know that when you sell your shares, the size of your capital gains tax bill is affected by how long you’ve held the shares, and how you offset your capital gains and losses?
Setting up a SMSF, ensure it meets the sole purpose test. Setting up your own self-managed super fund (SMSF) can be a complex task even before you seek registration with the ATO. It’s important that the SMSF be set up correctly for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits for their members.
Small business CGT concessions, make sure your claim stacks up as they can save your businesses some serious tax – and help business owners significantly boost their superannuation – but it’s essential that you keep the right records, particularly for when the time comes to sell.
Small business CGT concessions, when do I qualify? The small business CGT concessions are a great tool for business owners to transfer wealth into super. Here, we break down the two essential requirements you must first meet in order to access any of the concessions.
small business super clearing house.Running a small business is already stressful enough in this economic climate without needing to worry about compliance of super guarantee payments and whether they have been properly made.
Small business super clearing house, are you signed up? The small business superannuation clearing house (SBSCH) is a convenient service that allows a small business to make superannuation contributions for its employees in one single payment.
SMSF allows you to prepare for your retirement your way. A self-managed super fund (SMSF) is a way to prepare for retirement that gives you more control and freedom of choice over your investments than other types, such as retail or industry super funds.
SMSF and working overseas, for how long are you away? When you go overseas to work or travel for an extended period of time, ensuring that your SMSF stays complying is probably the last thing on your mind.
SMSF auditor appointments, are you still compliant? Are you the trustee of an SMSF? Then you should know all about the obligation to appoint a registered auditor to audit your SMSF every year.
SMSF discretionary powers override wills with death benefits. Death of a family member is often a difficult time, but if the deceased was a member of SMSF, complications from trustee arrangements and payment of the death benefit can make a difficult time even worse for the family members.
SMSF improvements that were proposed by the Government before the disruption of the Coronavirus epidemic are are again on the drawing board. The government confirmed it would go ahead with various proposals to improve the SMSF and super sector including flexibility measures. This included increasing the SMSF member limit, changes to the work test, bring forward rule and spousal contributions.
SMSF investment strategy compliance, ATO to check on over 17,000 SMSFs that are heavily invested in one asset class will soon receive a “please explain” from the ATO to check whether they can justify their diversification risk.
SMSF member and moving overseas? If you currently have an SMSF, you’ll need a strategy for managing your super to ensure your fund doesn’t breach any residency rules. Know your options and plan before you go.
SMSF membership may soon be able to increase to six members. A large member group in an SMSF creates a number of important planning issues that need to be carefully managed.
The sole purpose test is one the fundamental requirements for SMSFs to obtain tax concessions. It requires that the SMSF be maintained for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits to its members or their dependents if a member dies before retirement.
In a recent regulator bulletin outlining ATO’s concerns about new and emerging arrangements that pose potential risks to SMSF trustees and their members, the growth in SMSF property development was highlighted as a main issue.
SMSF reduces rent, breaches compliance rules. After previously providing business with administrative concessions, the ATO has now moved to provide some concessions and advice to SMSFs during this pandemic.
SMSF schemes, make sure your transfer is legitimate. Have you been advised to transfer your super to a self-managed super fund (SMSF)? Perhaps you have been told that you could withdraw your superannuation early, to pay off debt?
SMSF sole purpose test and fractional investments. Previously, it was thought that any benefit provided directly or indirectly to members or related parties of an SMSF from an investment would contravene the sole purpose test. However, a Full Federal Court decision has re-framed the sole purpose test which will provide some flexibility to trustees on certain investments.
SMSF trustee, is a corporate trustee worth the extra expense? Setting up a new SMSF does involve some cost, and one of the decisions you’ll need to make is whether it’s worth paying to establish a new company to act as trustee.
SMSF trustees must watch their related party expenses. The tax laws that penalise uncommercial transactions between SMSFs and related parties are set to get tougher, with an SMSF’s expenses to come under the spotlight.
Amendments made last year changed the rules as to when complying super funds including SMSFs will derive non-arm’s length income (NALI).
SMSFs differ from other funds so understand the differences. Insurance and dispute resolution might not be high on your list of things to consider when starting up an SMSF, but these issues do affect SMSFs differently to public offer funds. What will you do if a dispute arises between SMSF members, and what does taking out insurance in an SMSF practically involve?
SMSFs vs other types of funds, some issues to consider. For many people, SMSFs are a great option for building retirement savings, but they may not be suitable for everyone.
Sole purpose test is an area of concern for SMSF trustees. If you are the trustee of one of the approximately 577,000 SMSFs in Australia at the moment, there are some areas the ATO wants you to pay particular attention to including the sole purpose test, the in-house asset rules, unlawful schemes and arrangements, and dividend-stripping.
Starting a small business, over half fail in first five years. There is something irresistible about starting a small business that has captured our collective imaginations, with small businesses making up 97% of all Australian businesses.
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Super and bankruptcy, can creditors access my benefits? Superannuation is an effective investment structure for asset protection, but a questionable contribution into super could jeopardise some of your benefits in the event of bankruptcy. How you access your benefits can also make a big difference.
Super concessional contributions, don't go over the limit. If you are either an employee or a self-employed person and you top up your super by making deductible contributions, you need to be aware of not breaching the annual $25,000 concessional (before-tax) contribution cap.
Super deductions, get them right or the ATO will get you. Recent changes to the law mean many more Australians can now claim deductions for their personal super contributions.
Super guarantee non-compliance, an amnesty proposed. The government’s latest initiatives targeting non-compliance with superannuation guarantee obligations give businesses plenty to think about.
Super guarantee opt out for high income earners with multiple jobs. If you’re a high-income earner with multiple employers, there is a good chance that you may unintentionally exceed the super concessional contributions cap in any year, which may cause excess contribution issues.
Super guarantee payments, make sure you get them right. Paying the right amount of super to your employees can at times be a complex exercise, with the threshold changes in the recent years and the contribution base which changes every year according to indexation factors.
Super guarantee underpayments, employer amnesty to May 2019. Are you an employer that’s fallen a little behind on super guarantee (SG) payments for your employees?
Super guarantee, are you ready for ATO crack down? The ATO is increasing its efforts to crack down on employers who fail to make quarterly superannuation guarantee (SG) contributions of 9.5% on behalf of their employees.
Super guarantee, Government acts to close a loophole that allowed employers to use salary sacrificed contributions to make up part of their required super guarantee contributions has been closed.
Super opt out choice for high earners with multiple jobs. If you’re a high income-earner with multiple employers, you may be aware of potential traps with compulsory super contributions that can lead to some hefty and unfair penalty taxes – and until now there’s been little anyone can do to avoid the problem.
Super transfer balance cap and new reporting events. Now that the transfer balance cap has been introduced to limit the amount of capital that can be transferred into the tax-exempt retirement phase, the ATO now requires certain events that track the movement of capital to be reported in a timely manner, depending on your super balance.
Super withdrawal, how much tax is withheld from super? You’ve worked hard for your super, so make sure you access your benefits in the most tax-effective way possible.
Super, Growing your super will give you a good retirement. Are you nearing retirement or just want to put a little extra away for the future without putting a strain on your household budget?
Superannuation changes introduced to help womens super. In a raft of initiatives aimed at improving economic outcomes for women, particularly in the superannuation space, the government has proposed changes, including extending the ability to access early release of superannuation for women experiencing family and domestic violence, better visibility over superannuation in divorce/separation proceedings, and actively reuniting lost and low-balance inactive super accounts with their owners.
Superannuation contributions, this will help you catch up. The government’s new measure to allow those with less than $500,000 in superannuation to “catch up” on missed superannuation contributions is a great opportunity for anyone who takes time out of work or otherwise has “lumpy” income that means they have a varying capacity to make contributions from year to year.