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COVID 19 and SMSF rental relief

COVID-19 and SMSF rental relief

September 1, 2020

The Federal Government announced a six-month moratorium on evictions of commercial and residential tenants during the COVID-19 health pandemic. This moratorium (and its accompanying code of conduct leasing principles) will inevitably affect SMSFs, which are reasonably heavily invested in real property, according to statistics. Leasing principles A moratorium on evictions means that SMSF landlords face…

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Has your super fund got you covered for insurance

Has your super fund got you covered for insurance? With COVID-19, maybe not.

August 3, 2020

From 1 July 2019, the government adopted new rules that aim to prevent the unnecessary erosion of people’s retirement savings through inappropriate insurance arrangements. As part of the rules, super providers, excluding SMSFs and small APRA funds, are unable to provide insurance by default when an account has been inactive for more than 16 months.…

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Concerns on property development and SMSFs

Concerns on property development and SMSFs

June 3, 2020

The ATO, as regulator of self-managed superannuation funds, has reported an increase in the number of SMSF trustees entering into arrangements involving buying and then developing property (either with related or unrelated parties) that is subsequently sold or leased. Trustees should be aware that the ATO is taking an active interest in property development investments…

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APRAs early release from super data

APRA’s early release from super data

June 3, 2020

APRA’s early release from super data The statistics show that up to 17 May… 1.59 million applications had been made under the early release from superannuation scheme 1.41 million payments were made at an average of $7,510 each Time taken to make payments averaged 3.3 business days, with 94% paid within five business days For…

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Limited options to access your super early

Limited options to access your super early

March 3, 2020

Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash There are very limited circumstances when you can access your superannuation savings earlier than when you meet what the ATO calls a “condition of release” — which for most people generally means achieving a certain age and retiring. The other limited circumstances mainly relate to specific medical conditions, severe financial…

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Superannuation tax offsets you may be able to use

Superannuation tax offsets you may be able to use

February 4, 2020

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Tax offsets (sometimes referred to as rebates) directly reduce the amount of tax payable on your taxable income. In general, offsets can reduce your tax payable to zero, but on their own they can’t get you a refund. There are two superannuation-related tax offsets for which you may be…

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Super downsizer scheme common errors

Super downsizer scheme: common errors

November 8, 2019

The super downsizer scheme started on 1 July 2018 and has allowed older Australians to sell their homes and contribute up to $300,000 of the proceeds from the sale into super. Recent figures from the ATO show that more than 5,000 people Australia-wide have made this type of contribution, with 55% being made by females.…

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An SMSF trustee duty not to be forgotten the investment strategy

An SMSF trustee duty not to be forgotten: The investment strategy

November 8, 2019

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash The majority of people who set up their own SMSF say that “control” is a big reason for doing it. There is flexibility and benefits in running your own superannuation fund, but it is also a big responsibility to make sure your fund grows and provides for your retirement.…

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The SMSF sector is growing by 23200 every minute

The SMSF sector is growing by $23,200 every minute

October 1, 2019

The latest statistical report from APRA has been released (here’s a link to download it — https://bit.ly/2ooF3EJ), which of course mainly focuses on the APRA-regulated superannuation funds in the retail and industry sectors. But the APRA statistics also make passing mention of ATO-regulated funds, the SMSF sector, which from June 2018 to June 2019 grew…

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SMSF event based reporting What needs to be reported what doesnt

SMSF event-based reporting: What needs to be reported, what doesn’t

October 1, 2019

Since event-based reporting started for SMSFs from 1 July 2018, the ATO says that for the larger part, SMSF trustees have mostly adjusted to the new requirements. Now that an entire income year under the transfer balance account report (TBAR) regime is complete, some teething problems have emerged. A big one for the ATO has…

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