What can we expect from the 2020-21 Federal Budget?

September 2020 The 2020-21 Federal Budget to be handed down on 6 October will be one of the most crucial in Australia’s history. The Budget will provide a further update on the economic and fiscal impacts of the coronavirus in Australia and is expected to set out the path to economic recovery. As in most…

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Issue 14: Property and Infrastructure – do they fit into my SMSF?

August 2020 Welcome to our second instalment for the new financial year. We continue to see markets, while volatile, trend up with equity markets in the USA reaching new highs. While in Australia we are seeing results season provide insight to how companies have fared through the pandemic. Some commentators are suggesting that markets may…

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Managing withdrawals in excess of the reduced minimum pension drawdown

August 2020 Written by Mary Simmons, Technical Manager, SMSF Association As you may be aware minimum pension payments for the previous financial year and the current financial year have been halved for account based pensions, including transition to retirement income streams and market linked pensions. The good news is that as a result of this…

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Time to open up infrastructure investment to SMSFs

August 2020 Opinion piece written by John Maroney, CEO, SMSF Association Published in The Financial Review on 12 August 2020. Its risk-return profile, capital growth, steady income and, in some instances, low risk, dovetail with self-managed superannuation fund income goals. Infrastructure has been earmarked by the federal and state governments to do much of the heavy…

New super contribution rules for older Australians

August 2020 Superannuation rules are never stable, and the start of the 2020/21 financial year is no different. For older Australians, recent changes to the contribution rules may present new opportunities to contribute to superannuation. The changes are focussed on individuals aged between 65 and 74 and are designed to provide more flexibility in retirement.…

Take control of your super – Time to set up an SMSF?

July 2020 Setting up an SMSF can be complicated.  Not getting it right can materially affect your financial situation and retirement plans. The first question you need to be sure about is whether an SMSF is the right fit.  Seeking advice from an SMSF Specialist can help you determine this answer. Some considerations include: Do…

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ATO firms up SMSF non-arm’s-length rules

June 2020 Opinion piece written by Peter Burgess, Deputy CEO / Director of Policy & Education, SMSF Association Published in The Financial Review (Licensed by Copyright Agency) on 18 June 2020 New guidelines for self-managed superannuation funds from the Australian Taxation Office could have important implications for SMSFs that, under normal commercial arrangements, could be…

Your 2020 end of financial year (EOFY) considerations

June 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s lives, and SMSF trustees are no exception. While the worst of the pandemic is (hopefully) behind us, you may still have difficult questions to ponder as you focus on how best to position your SMSF in 2020-21, as well as meet your fund’s annual regulatory obligations for…