Reserves in a SMSF – How to complete annual return

Sign up here to receive our PRUDENCE newsletter

14/10/2016

Reserves in a SMSF – How to complete annual return

A reserve account in a SMSF is unallocated. It has no owner. The wealth in a superannuation fund belongs to a member. You cannot have money in a superannuation fund not earmarked for a person. An exception is SMSF reserves. ‘Reserve accounts’ are assets in your SMSF that is not […]
20/07/2016

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds?

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds? We are seeing a renewed interest from professionals for Family Trusts. Family Trusts built on our website have surged 38% in the last 12 weeks. Conversely, SMSFs have dropped by 23%. On speaking with professionals it appears that clients are losing confidence in […]
20/07/2016

Charity v Son – Dad’s Will challenged

Charity v Son – Dad’s Will challenged Dead Zopito Di Cesare left everything to charity. His son, Ivano Ferrante last week filed a Supreme Court writ against the charities.  Usually, a son argues that he wasn’t getting enough out of his Dad’s Will and asks the court to rewrite the […]
20/07/2016

Stop your Will being challenged with a Considered Person Clause

Who can challenge a Will with a considered person clause? Each States’ Family Provision Act sets out who can challenge a Will Courts are reluctant to interfere with your Will. However, legislation exists in all Australian States and Territories: New South Wales: Succession Act 2006 (NSW) Victoria: Administration and Probate Act […]
03/06/2016

Is one boy worth two girls?

Fatma is a loving and devout daughter to her mum. However, under her brother’s interpretation of Muslim law, one man is worth two women. Fatma’s brothers constructed a Will for their mum to sign whereby they got twice as much as their sister. The Supreme Court said that Mum was […]
24/05/2016

How to remove evil and dead Trustees from your SMSF

Removing Trustee and Members from your SMSF   There is a good reason in wanting to share your SMSF with others such as your spouse, children, in-laws and business partners. After all, they are expensive to operate and to have the cost divided by up to 6 people makes it […]
08/04/2016

Drafting Div 7A Loans – ATO’s 4 concerns

The ATO has just audited my new client’s Div 7A agreement. It did not go well. Many Div 7A Loan agreements are not ‘commercial’ and therefore not valid based on 4 common drafting errors: The Div 7A Loan must be signed as a ‘Deed’ not as an ‘agreement’. ‘Agreements’ require […]
02/04/2016

A new way of defining Trust Income for fixed trusts – AMIT

A new way of defining Trust Income for fixed trusts – AMIT The Federal Government is kindly giving Trustees of fixed trusts a new way of calculating trust income, distribution and attributions. This is under the AMIT (Attribution Managed Investment Trust) rules. It starts 1 July 2016, but you have […]