First Home Super Saver Scheme

First Home Super Saver Scheme

The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) is a scheme that enables Australians to save for their first home inside their superannuation fund. The plan allows for faster saving with the before tax (concessional) treatment within super. The 2017-18 Budget allowed individuals to make voluntary concessional and non-concessional payments into their super to save for their…

Claiming personal super contributions deductions

Claiming personal super contributions deductions

More taxpayers can now claim a personal super contributions deductions this tax time due to the removal of the 10 per cent maximum earnings condition that came into effect from 1 July 2017. Eligible individuals include those who earn their income from: – Salary and wages – A personal business (self-employment) – Investments such as…

How the new super measures will apply to SMSFs

How the new super measures will apply to SMSFs

The Government has introduced new measures to allow SMSF members to access their super for their first home or make contributions to their super from the sale of downsizing their home. SMSFs should be aware of the following: Downsizing From 1 July 2018, SMSF members who are 65 or over and exchange a contract of…

Budget living longer

Budget 2018: living longer

The Government is introducing a series of new measures designed to help Australians keep a greater portion of their superannuation savings pie. Insurance opt-in Insurance within super may not be suitable for everyone, particularly young people and those with low balances. From 1 July 2019, insurance will be offered on an opt-in basis for members…

Upcoming deadline for SMSF returns

Upcoming deadline for SMSF 2016-17 returns

Self managed super fund (SMSF) trustees are reminded that the deadline for their 2016-17 annual return is fast approaching. The extended due date for annual SMSF returns is 30 June 2018. As the due date falls on a Saturday, the ATO is allowing returns to be lodged the next business day, Monday 2 July 2018,…

Topping up your super with downsizer payments

Topping up your super with downsizer payments

Due to new super measures introduced by the Government, Australians will now be able to contribute part of the proceeds of the sale of their home towards their superannuation. From 1 July 2018, where the exchange of contracts of sale for a ‘main residence’ home occurs on or after 1 July 2018, individuals will be…

How to catch out an illegal super scheme

How to catch out an illegal super scheme

When a super scheme seems too good to be true, it often is. Many illegal super schemes are operating in Australia, so it is crucial to understand the characteristics of such schemes. A popular illegal scheme is one whereby an individual is enticed by being told they can access their super early to pay off…

Staying ‘super’ compliant

Staying ‘super’ compliant

Employers have a legal responsibility to pay eligible employees superannuation to provide for their retirement. And although most employers do the right thing, some do try to bend the rules which can see them facing hefty penalties. Employees are entitled to superannuation if they are paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month,…

ATO alerts issued for unclaimed super

ATO alerts issued for unclaimed super

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will be contacting 80,000 individuals, starting this week, to alert them of unclaimed super. An email campaign will alert members about ATO-held unclaimed super money from 5 April. On 16 April, 20,000 letters and SMS will be sent. The ATO currently holds unclaimed super money for around 5.38 million accounts,…

Non arm’s length income from trusts and SMSFs

Non-arm’s length income from trusts and SMSFs

The ATO is reminding self-managed super funds (SMSFs) of the rules regarding non-arm’s length income from trusts. The non-arm’s length income rules can apply to investments, transactions and other arrangements undertaken by SMSFs when the terms of the relevant investment, transaction or arrangement are uncommercial in nature. If income is distributed from a discretionary to…