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 […]

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 […]

Average SMSF Costs and Fees

What are the average SMSF costs and fees? SMSF operating, administration and audit costs are a key consideration when you setup an SMSF. New data has been released from the ATO on the average SMSF costs and fees.  This new data is more detailed than previous high level statistics and provides reliably insight into SMSF […]

SMSF End of Financial Year Checklist 2020 for Trustees

This SMSF end of financial year checklist contains a number of key items for trustees to review and action prior to 30 June 2020. This 2020 end of financial year is slightly different due to a number of specific items related to COVID-19. Due to the size of this article we recommend you utilise the […]