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GST Registration

Over my 18 years of experience within the industry, I have seen Trustees incorrectly accounting for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) within their self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF).

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Transfer Balance Cap reporting – what does it mean for you?

From 1 July 2017, superannuation fund members are subject to a $1.6 million transfer balance cap (TBC) which limits the tax exemption for assets funding superannuation pensions.

The TBC encompasses a significant amount of monitoring for an individual.  This monitoring is to be facilitated by the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) event-based reporting framework.

Event-based reporting is a significant shift in SMSF administration processes. Therefore, it is essential SMSF trustees understand the event-based reporting framework and get it right.

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Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2018

Brooke Hepburn-Rogers and Stellar Super Pty Ltd have been shortlisted for the prestigious Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2018.

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Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2018

Brooke Hepburn-Rogers and Stellar Super Pty Ltd has been shortlisted for the prestigious Accountants Daily Australian Accounting Awards 2018.

Brooke Hepburn-Rogers and Stellar Super have been shortlisted as a finalist to win 2 awards in the Superannuation Specialist Accountant of the Year and SMSF Firm of the Year at the 2018 Australian Accounting Awards, hosted by Accountants Daily.

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Franking credits and your SMSF

You may have noticed significant media coverage recently regarding the Australian Labor Party’s proposed policy to stop SMSFs from receiving tax refunds for the franking credits they receive in conjunction with the dividends paid from Australian companies they own.

First of all, what are franking credits and how do they benefit SMSFs?

Under the Australian tax system companies pay 30 per cent tax on their profits. When these profits are then passed on to their shareholders in the form of dividends, the company also hands the shareholders a credit for the tax the company has already paid (the “franking credit”). The individual shareholder then pays tax on the profit they received from the company less the credit for the tax the company has already paid.  The franking credit ensures that the company profits are taxed at a shareholder’s marginal tax rate.

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Property and my SMSF

The directly held property makes up approximately 19% of all SMSF assets, indicating that many SMSF trustees consider it’s an important and significant part of a diversified portfolio. There are numerous strategies and ways for property to form part of an SMSF’s investments and each must be carefully considered.
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Shield Wealth and Stellar Super, in conjunction with Paul Salinas, from Campbell & Co Lawyers are hosting boardroom sessions in March.

Estate planning is a subject that we don’t like to think about but in its simplest form, it is just about ensuring peace of mind. It is about making sure that the investments you make now are passed on to your family or beneficiaries in the most effective way.

Developing an effective estate plan will ensure that:

• Any tax payable is minimised

• The ownership of assets passes to the right beneficiaries

• The assets are protected if any beneficiary has any legal issues

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Trust deeds in the new SMSF world – Benefit payments and estate planning

The superannuation trust deed, along with the superannuation laws, form the governing rules that a self-managed super fund (SMSF) need to operate by. The introduction of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap (TBC) and new transition to retirement income stream (TRIS) rules are a ‘game changer’ for SMSFs when discussing benefit payments and estate planning. With the new super rules in effect as of 1 July 2017, now is the right time to review if your trust deed needs to be enhanced or amended to deal with the new approaches and strategies you may need to implement.

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SMSF Auditor Only Service

At Stellar Super we are passionate about helping our clients get the most from their Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF’s) – what we deliver is confidence in the Super Advisory process.

 We are offering an “audit only” service for financial providers who like to offer independent, third-party audits for their clients, as well as for SMSF Trustees that prepare their year-end work.

Our fee for this service will be a flat-rate,  no matter the size of the SMSF, and you can be assured of privacy for your firm and your clients.

Our ASIC registered SMSF Auditors have extensive knowledge in this area and will be able to ensure a high quality and professional experience for your clients.

If you would like additional information about our services, please contact us at our office.


New reporting requirements for superannuation pensions

With the new super rules beginning on 1 July 2017, your requirement to report information about your SMSF and the pensions it pays you and other fund members may be changing. This is driven by the introduction of the new $1.6 million transfer balance cap which limits the number of assets you can use to pay pensions from super with.

Currently, pensions only need to be reported once a year through the SMSF annual tax and regulatory return to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

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