Category Archive for "Accountants"

Wrap Platforms and the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016

February 5, 2017
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Background Single line item reporting of wrap platforms in SMSF accounts is a widespread accounting industry practice.  This method of reporting entails the consolidation of all investments held on a wrap platform into a single line item on the Statement…

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SMSFs & Dividend Stripping Schemes – TA 2015/1

September 29, 2016
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In early 2015, the ATO raised concerns regarding certain private company investments made by Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) via Taxpayer Alert 2015/1.  This taxpayer alert describes arrangements whereby an SMSF intentionally invests in a private company with large accumulated…

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Business Real Property Fit-outs ~ where to draw the line

A strategy which is widely employed by self managed super funds is for the fund to acquire business real property and to then lease it back to a related party business.  Often part of this process will involve the fund…

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SMSF audits need a boost?

August 22, 2016
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  Why not consider AQUILA SUPER One of Australia’s largest and most experienced SMSF audit firms? Aquila Super is an independent specialist SMSF audit firm with over 18 years experience in the industry. We provide a streamlined and personalised Audit service in which you…

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Auditor insights: Market Valuations within SMSFs

July 27, 2016
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To some degree there have always been scenarios where SMSF trustees have been forced to present their annual accounts using a market valuation for all assets.  For example, if a fund is in pension phase market valuation is required so…

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The Rise of the Semi-Related Investment Trust

July 11, 2016
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Whilst reviewing several thousand SMSFs ever year it is common for our auditing team to see trends in both investments and superannuation strategies.  One such trend that has been available since the inception of ‘DIY funds’ but seems to have…

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A twist to the LRBA tale

A twist to the LRBA tale

September 1, 2015
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When is a borrowing not a borrowing? According to SMSFR 2009/2 the answer is when it is merely a “financial accommodation”. I know it sounds like a bad joke that a bunch of lawyers might chuckle over after having had…

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Partner with Aquila to overcome SMSF limited licence hurdles

Partner with an SMSF service provider to avoid legislative hurdles

August 6, 2015
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Changes to the legislation around accountants’ advice to SMSFs are coming on July 1, 2016. By partnering with an SMSF service provider, this won’t be an issue. At the present moment, accountants have the freedom to provide advice to SMSF…

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Tips for staying on top of SMSF clients

Tips for staying on top of SMSF clients

August 4, 2015
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We look at three ways accountants and financial planners can improve the services they provide by staying on top of their SMSF clients’ needs.

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SMSF related party leases and a tenant fit-out

August 4, 2015
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A great advantage of an SMSF investing in business real property is that the trustee is able to lease the property to a member or a related party tenant.  This article explores some advanced topics regarding related party tenants and…

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