Why “simple” superannuation questions don’t always result in simple answers

Have you ever asked your SMSF administrator the following “simple” questions expecting a quick and simple answer, only to be told it’s not that straightforward? This is why! How much can I contribute to my SMSF this year? This depends on several factors and these need to be carefully assessed before a definitive contribution amount can be confirmed. Such considerations … Read More

Have you considered what you will do if an unexpected event occurs?

CURRENT AS AT 28 AUGUST 2018   Your SMSF is a long-term plan. Much can happen during this time including illness, incapacity or death of a member. It is best practice to have contingency plans in place to deal with unexpected events. For example, if a fund member dies, leaving you as the sole member are you happy to continue … Read More

Superannuation changes – what is and what isn’t effective from 1 July 2018

As the new financial year is now truly underway, here is an overview of what lies ahead in 2019 so that you can ensure your SMSF is ready. Contributions a) Concessional contributions: the pre-tax contributions cap remain at $25,000 for everyone and includes the employer’s 9.5% super guarantee (unchanged from last year), salary sacrifice and personal deductible contributions For individuals aged 75 … Read More

Transition to Retirement Income Streams (“TRIS”) – once a TRIS always a TRIS?

Transition to Retirement Income Streams (“TRIS”) allow individuals to access their superannuation benefits prior to retirement or without having to terminate their employment. Who is eligible for a TRIS? Provided the individual has reached their preservation age a TRIS can be commenced. Date of birth Preservation age Before 1 July 1960 55 1 July 1960 – 30 June 1961 56 … Read More

I’m an ex-pat, what can I do with my superannuation?

These days there are many Australian ex-pats living around the world and there is often confusion surrounding what happens to their super when they leave Australia. Generally speaking, when a resident becomes an ex-pat there will be no impact on their Australian super – the monies can remain with their fund indefinitely. However, should the ex-pat also be a trustee … Read More

When can I access my super?

SMSFs have strict rules on when super monies can be withdrawn from the fund, most commonly when a member satisfies a form of retirement and/or reaches a certain age. Your super can be accessed: when you turn 65 (even if you haven’t retired); or when you reach preservation age and retire; or under the Transition to Retirement (“TTR”) rules, while … Read More

Are you ready for the 1 July 2017 super changes?

Part 3: Interaction of the $1.6m pension transfer cap and death benefit payments In last month’s Part 2 of the super changes newsletter, “I have more than $1.6m in pension phase so what are my options?” http://stanleywilliamson.com.au/ready-1-july-2017-super-changes-part-2-1-6m-pension-phase-options/, we discussed the $1.6m Transfer Balance Cap (“TBC”) and “Transfer Balance Account (“TBA”). Not only does this TBC affect members who are currently receiving … Read More