Avoiding SMSF disputes

Avoiding SMSF disputes

One of the benefits of SMSFs is the amount of control you have from managing it yourself. However, self-management can leave room for disputes among related parties, especially when family members are involved. SMSF disputes can be caused by a number of factors, such as relationship breakdowns, (common in funds where parents and siblings are…

Why excess super contributions can be expensive

Why excess super contributions can be expensive

A great way to grow your retirement savings is by making regular contributions to your super fund. However, there are limits to extra contributions which when exceeded, may be subject to additional tax liabilities. Concessional contributions There are two kinds of contributions, concessional and non-concessional, which have different contribution caps. Concessional contributions are payments made…

Appointing an SMSF auditor

Appointing an SMSF auditor

Self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees are required to appoint an ATO-approved SMSF auditor no later than 45 days before lodging their SMSF annual return. An SMSF auditor is a professional who assesses your fund’s compliance with superannuation law and examines your fund’s financial statements. SMSF auditor eligible requirementsYour SMSF auditor must be: Independent. SMSF auditors…

Using your SMSF to buy property

Using your SMSF to buy property

Using SMSFs to buy property has become increasingly popular among Australians in recent years, particularly since it became possible for SMSFs to borrow money to fund a direct property purchase. Residential property A residential property owned by an SMSF has some limitations as to who it can be leased to. To buy property through your…

Picking the right default fund

Picking the right default fund

Business owners might be required to select a default fund for employees when they do not want to nominate their own superannuation funds. Funds should meet specific requirements that are stated as per super law, so it is important to select a complying fund. However, there are other factors that you may have to think…

Avoiding SMSF disputes

Avoiding SMSF disputes

Self-managed super funds (SMSF) can be vulnerable to disputes, especially when family members are involved. SMSF disputes may be caused by a number of reasons such as relationship breakdowns, (common in funds where parents and siblings are in a member and trustee relationship) and fundamental differences in opinions. Other common triggers for SMSF disputes include:…