The Australian Tax Office has announced (22 April 2020) an automatic deferral of SMSF annual return lodgments for the 2018-19 financial year to 30 June 2020. To be clear, where an SMSF had an original lodgement date of 15 May 2020, the 2019 SMSF annual return lodgment date is deferred to 30 June.
PAYG instalments is a system that helps taxpayers manage expected future tax liabilities on their SMSF income for the current income year by making regular payments in advance. To assist taxpayers experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19, the ATO is enabling tax payers to vary SMSF PAYG instalments without penalty for the current financial year due to the economic impact of the pandemic.
The Government has reduced the required SMSF minimum pension 2020 draw-down rates for all superannuation pensioners including SMSFs for the current financial year 2019-20 and the next financial year 2020-21.
Draw-down rates for account based pensions are normally 4% per annum for people under 65 an increase as pension recipients age.
As you know, the superannuation reform announced in the 2016 Federal Budget has been largely implemented. We have busy working with our clients to address all their concerns and working with them to ensure that no rock is left unturned when it comes to their personal circumstance. In regards to the $1.6 million transfer balance cap,
Capital gains withholding, a new threshold
From 1 July 2017, where a foreign resident disposes of Australian real property with a market value of $750,000 or above, the purchaser will be required to withhold 12.5% of the purchase price and pay it to the ATO unless the seller provides a variation (this is referred to as ‘foreign resident capital gains withholding’).