SMSFs Stats

SMSFs: Stats

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has released its June 2017 quarterly SMSF statistical report detailing key SMSF figures. As of June 2017, the number of SMSFs increased to 596,516. The number of SMSF members in Australia is 1,124,453. The estimated value of total Australian and overseas SMSF assets is $696.7 billion. The number of annual…

SMSF Capital vs revenue expenses

SMSF: Capital vs revenue expenses

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have access to a range of tax deductions for expenses incurred. Whether the expenses are capital in nature or are considered as revenue will affect eligibility for claiming such deductions. The Tax Office considers an expense that is incurred in establishing or making enduring changes to a super fund’s structure or…

Lower House passes first home super scheme

Lower House passes first home super scheme

While many Australian’s sit firmly on either side of the first home super scheme debate, the Lower House has passed the scheme. The scheme was proposed in the Budget released in May 2017, and was only just passed by the Lower House. The Government has notioned that Australia’s retirement savings system will not come under…

Super co contributions

Super co-contributions

Individuals may be eligible for a Government super co-contribution. A Government co-contribution means the Government adds to your super. You may be eligible for the super co-contribution, low-income super contribution (LISC) from the 2012-13 to 2016-17 financial years, or low-income super tax offset (LISTO) from 1 July 2017. Super co-contribution The Government will make a…

Splitting super

Splitting super

When partners in a SMSF separate, there are specific legal and tax implications that should be considered. It is possible to split super benefits, i.e., transfer assets, such as property, from one super fund into another and roll money over to another fund; however, trustees need to keep the following in mind: Separating couples need…

Transfer balance account report now available

The new transfer balance account report (TBAR) is available on the ATO’s website. Self-managed super funds can use the TBAR report to report events that affect an individual member’s transfer balance account. The option to report is available from 1 October 2017, however, SMSFs are not required to report anything until 1 July 2018. Events…

Keeping your SMSF compliant while overseas

Keeping your SMSF compliant while overseas

Travelling overseas for an extended period of time is an exciting adventure. What isn’t so exciting is the prospect of breaking compliance laws in relation to your SMSF while enjoying your trip. There are specific conditions that must be met to deem the self-managed super fund ATO compliant. They are as follows: Fund recognised as…

How does the super guarantee charge work

How does the super guarantee charge work?

Employers who do not pay the minimum amount of super guarantee for their employee(s) by the due date may have to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC). The charge is made up of super guarantee shortfall amounts including any choice liability calculated on your employee’s salary or wages, interest on those amounts (currently 10 per…

New measures to crack down on super non compliance

New measures to crack down on super non-compliance

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will receive additional funding for a Superannuation Guarantee Taskforce to crack down on non-compliance by employers. The Government has announced a package of reforms to close a legal loophole used by dishonest employers that short-change employees who make salary-sacrifice contributions to super. Funding for the Taskforce coincides with new data…

Strategies to bulk up your super before retirement

Strategies to bulk up your super before retirement

To retire comfortably, you should be doing everything you can while still in the workforce to make sure your superannuation is as fruitful as possible. Consider the following: Consolidate super into one accountSuper account fees can eat away at your super balance, especially if you have numerous accounts. If you find yourself in this position,…