Analysis: the 2022/2023 Federal Budget

Last night the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, released the Government’s 2022-23 Budget. It featured a range of proposed measures including an extension of the 50% reduction to account-based (SMSF and Superannuation) income stream payments, targeted tax relief, and social security and aged care changes.     For a change, there was very little said about Superannuation, apart from […]

New SMSF Notifications Provide Welcome Clarity for Trustees & Advisers

In some good news for trustees and their advisers, the ATO is improving their SMSF notifications.  Feedback from trustees and practitioners is that SMSF notifications were too vague, simply describing a ‘change’ to the fund or account.   This would arise when legitimate activity – such as a lodgement – was made, sparking unnecessary concern […]

What do new Director ID Requirements mean for your SMSF?

Up to 63% of SMSFs will be impacted by new identification requirements for directors. If your SMSF has a corporate trustee, the director must go through a new registration process. Here’s what you need to know so you can be prepared, including details on the application process. Update November 2021: Applications for Director IDs are […]

What you need to know about SuperStream Changes – October 2021

As of October 1, the ATO has implemented changes to SuperStream obligations. This means that rollovers into or out of your SMSF can only be performed using SuperStream. By being prepared for this change, it will ensure your employer super contributions are paid and super monies are rolled over in a timely manner. Below we […]

2020/2021 EOFY Considerations for You & Your Clients

As another financial year draws to a close, it’s a good time for you and your clients to perform a little “financial housekeeping”. Here are a few important considerations that may prompt your clients, depending on their personal circumstances. Naturally, Superannuation is an important consideration at this time of year for many individuals. So, let’s […]

EOFY To-Do’s for Trustees

An article from our partner, Quill Group. The end of the 2020/21 financial year is approaching – a great time to perform some financial “housekeeping”, according to your personal circumstances. For many individuals, Superannuation and the management of their SMSF is often an important consideration at this time of year. So, let’s look at some […]

Caution needed on contribution reserving strategy when managing the TSB

I was at the First Tech Roadshow last week where the topic of the Contribution Reserving Strategy stimulated some interesting discussion! Here’s a recent article on the matter from Tony Zhang at SMSF Adviser.  SMSFs thinking about implementing the unique contribution reserving strategy this financial year will need to be aware of possible unallocated contribution […]

What the Federal Budget 2021-22 Means For You, Your Family & Your Fund

[a story from our partner, Quill Group] Budget Summary The 2021-22 Federal Budget is a balancing act between a better than anticipated deficit ($106 bn), an impending election, and the need to invest in the long term. Key initiatives include: Extension of temporary full expensing and loss-carry back providing immediate deductions for business investment in […]

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 […]

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 […]