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Industry - October 18th
Financial advisers are gearing up for the commencement of the new education and professional standards regime on 1 January, with the Turnbull government announcing that it will soon introduce legislation into the Parliament to mandate …– Read more
Industry - September 19th
The government's announced changes to its proposed superannuation reform legislation – specifically scrapping the proposed $500,000 lifetime non-concessional cap and replacing it with a new measure to reduce the existing annual non-concessional contributions cap from …– Read more
Self Managed Super Funds - September 13th
SMSF trustees may not be the only Australians voicing their concern about the changes to super recently proposed by the Federal Government, but they have certainly been among the most vocal. No one likes the …– Read more
Self Managed Super Funds - May 19th
Self-funded retirees and other investors seeking yield without investment risk have been facing a challenging environment for some time now and it would appear that yields are not about to rise in the near future. …– Read more
A Self-Managed Super Fund, or SMSF for short, is a do-it-yourself superannuation scheme designed for those who want direct control over their retirement savings and investments.
An SMSF is an investment portfolio you set up to save funds for retirement. It differs from a normal superannuation fund because the members, known as “trustees”, decide how the fund operates and what to invest in. The fund’s assets are controlled by the trustee, in most cases the members themselves. Members are not only responsible for the overall investment strategy, they are also responsible for the legal and statutory requirements.
In a speech given to the SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA), former Chair of the Super Review, Jeremy Cooper, outlined the following potential benefits of a SMSF:
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A SMSF can have up to four members, all of whom are Trustees of the Fund. As Trustees, all members are personally liable for all the decisions made by the fund. In the government’s 2009 Super System Review, they noted that SMSF members are on average older, earn more and have larger superannuation balances than the average worker, with the average SMSF member balance being $456,000. There is good reason for that; to quote Jeremy Cooper: “On average, SMSFs with $200,000 or less had both higher proportional costs than would be charged in a public offer fund and did not perform as well as larger-sized SMSFs.”
Unlike public offer funds (industry funds or retail funds), SMSFs are regulated by the Australia Taxation Office (ATO) and there are a number of responsibilities that Trustees must abide by – with significant potential penalties for getting it wrong. The ATO has some excellent educative resources for SMSF Trustees here.
The ATO website