July 28: TBAR Lodgment Due

The quarterly transfer balance account report (TBAR) for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) is due on 28 July 2021. You are required to lodge the TBAR on behalf of clients by this date if: a transfer balance account (TBA) event occurred in your client’s SMSF between 1 April and 30 June 2021, and any member of the SMSF has […]

What Auditors Want – Hear it Directly from an Auditor

Every year we get asked by advisers why our auditors ask for so much documentation relating to investment decisions or certain transactions within SMSF’s.   As we prepare to enter a new financial year, we thought that it would be timely to understand some of the main issues our auditors look for when reviewing SMSF […]

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 […]

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 […]

ATO Updates for May

15 May Lodge 2020 tax returns for all entities that did not have to lodge earlier (including all remaining consolidated groups), and are not eligible for the 5 June concession. Due date for companies and super funds to pay if required. Note: Individuals and trusts in this category pay as advised on their notice of assessment. 28 May […]

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 […]

ATO Updates for April

Trustee Reporting Obligations for April: Transfer Balance Account Report (TBAR) For some SMSF’s, the Transfer Balance Account Report (TBAR) is due on April 28. It’s important to note additional considerations ahead of the indexation of the transfer balance cap later in the year. You’re required to lodge a TBAR for SMSF clients where: A transfer […]

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 […]

4 Industry Changes Financial Professionals Need to Know

A Market Update: Jan ’21 It’s already looking like 2021 is going to be another year of change and a dynamic time for our Industry. Although the pandemic seems to be relatively under control in Australia, unfortunately this is not the case for much of the World.   At this stage, restrictions upon travel and the […]

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 […]