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 […]

SMSF End of Financial Year Checklist 2020

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 […]

Contribution and work test change for SMSF members aged 65 to 67

Recent changes to the rules around superannuation contributions including a work test change for people aged 65 and 66 have been made and come into effect from 1 July 2020.  The changes enable people aged over 65 years, but under 67 years old to make voluntary concessional and non-concessional contributions to superannuation without the need […]

2019 SMSF annual return lodgment date deferred to 30 June 2020

The Australian Tax Office has announced (22 April 2020) an automatic deferral of SMSF annual return lodgments for the 2018-19 financial year  to 30 June 2020. To be clear, where an SMSF had an original lodgement date of 15 May 2020, the 2019 SMSF annual return lodgment date is deferred to 30 June.

Code of Conduct for Commercial Tenancies including SMSFs

The National Cabinet has agreed to a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies. The code will be guided by a set of principles, developed and legislated by State and Territory governments and apply to commercial landlords including SMSFs. Tenants who participate in the federal government’s JobKeeper assistance and have a turnover of less than […]

Upcoming SMSF Lodgement Dates 2020

There are a number of important SMSF lodgement dates 2020 that are upcoming across April, May and June 2020.  It’s also possible that the ATO may allow a lodgement extension for 2019 SMSF annual returns to assist tax practitioner businesses impacted by COVID-19.