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Transfer Balance Cap – what is it and why is it important?

From 1 July 2017, superannuation fund members are subject to a $1.6 million transfer balance cap (TBC) which limits the tax exemption for assets funding superannuation pensions.

The TBC is tracked by the ATO and is updated using a Transfer Balance Account Report (TBAR) to ensure members remain under this cap to retain their 100% tax free income.

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How much money do you need to start an SMSF?

New research released

SMSFs are not for everyone, but where an SMSF is appropriate, the benefits can be considerable.

In the context of ongoing public debate regarding the appropriate minimum size for an SMSF, new research has been provided to provide insights into the true costs of running an SMSF. And the research shows SMSFs are cheaper to run than many people may think.

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New Year’s Resolutions – SMSF Style

“New year, new me!” We’ve all heard it plenty of times – may have even said it once or twice, but how many times has it actually resulted in tangible results?

This year why not start with a few simple things that can have a big impact on your future! Here are a few idea’s to get the most out of your SMSF.

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Risky Business: Cryptocurrency, CFDs and Derivatives, Oh My!

With official interest rates hovering at an all-time low of 0.25%, it’s not surprising that many SMSF trustees are turning to riskier investments to try to generate better returns. While these investments are allowed by the SMSF legislation, there are several factors that need to be considered before investing.

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What an Unexpected Event means for your SMSF

2020 has been a year full of unexpected events, be they local, national, or international. But what happens if you have an unexpected personal event?

Your SMSF is a long-term plan. So much can happen during this time including illness, incapacity or death of a fund member.

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COVID-19 – Providing rental relief for the tenant in my SMSF property

With lockdown restrictions coming back into force in parts of the country many individuals and business may once again find themselves unable to earn any income in the short term – especially if they are only just recovering from previous lockdowns!

If your SMSF has a property and a tenant in financial distress, you may be able to provide your tenant with rental relief under an agreed commercial arrangement. This may even be the case when the tenant is a related party or yourself.

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What is outsourcing and what does it have to do with my SMSF?

As a trustee, you probably don’t think too much about what happens once you drop all your SMSF information off to your accountant, financial planner or auditor (referred to as your administrator here).

It may surprise you to learn that many of these services are then outsourced to other companies – often to workers in developing countries like Vietnam, India and Malaysia.

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Accessing your superannuation early during Covid-19

You may be aware that the Government recently announced measures which allow individuals affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 to access a limited amount of their superannuation early.

Making the decision to access your superannuation early is a significant one and if possible, should be encompassed by financial advice. The Australian Taxation Office have now released guidance on the process for accessing superannuation early from SMSFs to assist in cushioning the adverse economic effects of Coronavirus. Read more