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Government delivers surplus election friendly 2019-20 Federal Budget

A surplus election budget is the news coming out of the 2019-20 Federal Budget. With superannuation left largely untouched, the Government focused on further personal income tax cuts.

However, three key announcements include providing more flexibility for individuals to contribute at ages 65 and 66, the ability to choose their preferred exempt income tax method and increased funding for electronic super rollovers are welcomed.

This Federal Budget will provide much-needed stability and flexibility for SMSF members while looking to reduce red tape.

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Is your SMSF adequately diversified?

SMSF trustees need to truly understand diversification and better diversify their portfolios.

The benefits of a well-diversified portfolio are numerous but the key ones that SMSF trustees should focus on are the benefits of mitigating volatility and short-term downside investment risks, preserving capital and the long-run benefits of higher overall returns. By spreading an SMSF’s investments across different asset classes and markets offering different risks and returns, SMSFs can better position themselves for a secure retirement.

However, did you know that 82% of SMSF trustees believe that diversification is important but in practice many do not achieve it?

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Stellar Super Pty Ltd and Brooke Hepburn-Rogers have been shortlisted for SMSF and Accounting Awards 2018

The adviser and firm from Canberra are officially in the running to take home 4 awards at the prestigious SMSF and accounting event of the year.

Stellar Super joins the roster of finalists to win SMSF Firm of the Year at the SMSF and Accounting Awards 2018. The first-of-its-kind, the nationwide industry event recognises state-based performance in SMSF and accounting professions across Australia.

Brooke Hepburn-Rogers is a finalist to win:

– SMSF Adviser of the Year

– SMSF Accounting Professional of the Year – Metro

– SMSF Specialist Accountant of the Year

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Women in Finance Awards 2018

Brooke has been shortlisted, the second year running, for the prestigious Women in Finance Awards, partnered by NAB, and is in the running to take out one of Australia’s top industry awards, for SMSF Adviser of the Year.

In its second year, the Women in Finance Awards, which covers 28 categories, highlights the outstanding work of women within financial services and puts them on a national stage to support the continuing growth and development of women in the financial arena.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Thursday, 20 September at The Star, Sydney.


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

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 with the SMSF?

Outlined are some issues to consider planning for as trustees.  Leaving the planning to when, and if an event happens may be too late.

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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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Government delivers SMSF friendly 2018-19 Federal Budget

An SMSF friendly budget is good news coming out of the 2018-19 Federal Budget. With SMSF members still working through the wide-reaching and complex superannuation changes which took effect from 1 July 2017, this Federal Budget will provide much-needed stability while looking to reduce costs for SMSFs and prove additional flexibility.

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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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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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