This is a debate that will rage on forever. The SMSF golden era started in 2007 spurred on by 3 factors:
The ability to contribute up to $1m in a single year, in 2007, and
Weak investment returns in Industry a [...]
Just when we have all got comfortable with the way ECPI is calculated in Actuarial Certificates, further changes are in train...
No doubt you will recall the ECPI changes that took effect from the 2017-18 financial year [...]
Many of you have clients with Defined Benefit Pensions. These pensions were all created prior to 2007. While most of these pensions have ceased, I estimate that there are still around 1,000 in place [...]
Actuarial Certificates and ECPI are changing for the 2017/18 year in 4 ways:
The data submitted to Lime (and other actuaries)
The way ECPI is calculated
The way ECPI is applied
Change in [...]
There are a lot of misunderstandings about how GCT Relief works. In this article we look at 4 common CGT Relief Myths.
Myth 1: You can choose whether to apply for CGT relief under Section 294-110 (which ap [...]
One of the positive by-products of the 2017 superannuation changes, is that we now have complete clarity on what constitutes a segregated fund. For example:
If a fund has only pension assets then the fund is considere [...]
There has been lots of talk in the media about the May 2016 Federal Budget proposed superannuation changes. All the talk centres on 3 changes:
Lifetime Concessional Contribution limit of $500,000
Maximum Pensio [...]
The ATO recently made a private binding ruling (PBR) which implied that payments from Transition to Retirement pensions can be
counted towards minimum pension requirements (ie 4% annual pension payment), AND
In March 2015 the Assistant Tax Commissioner for SMSFs, Matthew Bambrick, addressed the Tax Institute. One of the most important parts of his speech related to claiming Exempt Pension Income, and in particular when [...]
So its a new financial year. You have survived the busy period (well done) and taken a breather. Now it is time to plan for 2015.
I suggest you consider 3 simple client strategies at this time of year: [...]