Asset valuations and the contribution caps are both contentious issues, with many SMSFs failing to regularly update their asset valuations and some auditors turning a blind eye. And SMSF auditors who do the wrong thing in relation to valuations may also find themselves facing action by ASIC.Read more
Under the regulations, self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are not prohibited from carrying on a business, however the business must be allowed under the SMSF’s trust deed, and operated for the sole purpose of providing retirement benefits for fund members.Read more
The question of how much a person needs to have saved before confidently launching into their retirement years very much requires an individual answer. The more the better may seem to be an obvious response, but then again each one of us lucky enough to reach the brink of those golden years will feel a lot better doing so with some assurance that we’ve squirrelled enough away to be comfortable in retirement.Read more
The ATO requires SMSF trustees to use the superannuation transfer balance account report (TBAR) to advise it when a transfer balance account event occurs. It uses this information to adjust a fund member’s transfer balance account so it can correctly apply the transfer balance cap provisions.Read more
Trustees of SMSFs may be soon required to add the creation of a “retirement income strategy” alongside existing compliance requirements centring on investment and insurance. This would similarly require review on a regular basis.
An “integrity” measure, which aimed to stop SMSF trustees from manipulating their total superannuation balance in order to keep below the $1.6 million threshold, may have the unintended outcome of reducing the appeal of LRBAs.