What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Offshoring Model

Facing rapid market change and regulatory conditions, Aussie financial services firms are partnering with third-party firms more than ever before. Most often, this is an economic decision to remove tedious low-value work from teams who can focus on high-yielding activities, by re-allocating the services to regions with lower pay. Meanwhile, some firms opt to enhance […]

SMSF Investment Strategy: Considerations for Trustees

What’s the Purpose of an SMSF Investment Strategy? An investment strategy for your self-managed super fund (SMSF) is a legal requirement, designed to assist Trustees when making investment decisions for the Fund. The SMSF Investment Strategy must be clearly articulated – the ATO recommends it is written down – to keep members aligned with the […]

The Top 5 Mistakes made on an SMSF: Advice from the Australian Tax Office

The ATO published a list of the most common mistakes made in the accounting process of SMSFs around the country last year. A few of the top five mistakes relate to the SMSF Annual Return (SAR) which is required to be lodged for some SMSFs next month. With recent growth of 15% in SMSF’s for […]

SMSF Auditor Independence Standards – The Tough Decisions for Accounting Firms

In preparation for a tougher clamp down on SMSF Audit Independence Standards as of July 1, many accounting firms face a predicament. Under the updated code, those firms that offer both non assurance and SMSF audit services to their SMSF clients to decide to offer one, or the other.  The independence standard also affects those […]

SMSF Annual Return Obligations for February 28 [An Update from the ATO]

Did you realise that February 28 falls on a Sunday this year? As such, those SMSF trustees required to lodge their SMSF Annual Return (SAR) by February 28 have one extra day this year to do so. You can lodge your annual return with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) on Monday, March 1. It’s important […]

SMSF costs: How much does an SMSF really cost?

This article on SMSF costs was originally posted in The Australian, 13 July 2020 under the title “How much does an SMSF really cost? That depends on who you ask” What are the average SMSF costs? Even the regulators can’t agree on how much it costs to run a self-managed superannuation fund. The Australian Taxation […]

SMSF Physical Gold Investments: Bull Market 2020

Gold ends the 2020 financial year at record high as investors continue to accumulate precious metals. There are key underlying trends that are very important for SMSF physical gold investors to understand. UPDATE: July 2020 We are aware of media reports in relation to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues relating to Artisanal Smallscale Mining […]

SMSF borrowing levels are not a concern

The following letter to the Australian Financial Review on SMSF borrowing has been issued by John Marony, Chief Executive of the SMSF Association: SMSF borrowing misinformation In “Time to outlaw borrowing by self-managed super funds” (July 7) (PDF), Karen Maley has misinterpreted the latest statistics from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on the level of […]

ATO SMSF Statistics December 2019

ATO SMSF statistics are published every quarter for the self-managed super fund (SMSF) market. These reports provide a valuable insight into the SMSF sector and help confirm trends that SMSF professionals such as advisers and accountants need to be aware of when operating in the space. ATO SMSF Statistics – December 2019 The latest quarterly […]

Superannuation Contributions 2020-21

The new financial year often brings new rules and new strategies for superannuation and the 2020/21 financial year is no exception. The two key changes this year are: the removal of the work test for anyone aged 66 and 67 years old who wish to make non-concessional superannuation contributions 2020-21; and an extension of spouse […]