A re-contribution strategy is just that; a withdrawal of your superannuation benefits and a re-contribution back into super.
This is probably the simplest and easiest of strategies to implement that can guarantee:
- Tax savings for you
- Tax savings for your beneficiaries when you die
- Access to increased Centrelink benefits
From 1 July 2014, the superannuation contribution caps have increased, allowing an opportunity to place more money in that beautiful tax effective environment called superannuation. The contribution caps control the amount you can place into superannuation each year without facing penalty tax. If you are at least 50 you have higher contribution caps.
Remember when you first started your SMSF? It may have been only recently, or it may have been decades ago – but regardless of how old your fund is, it may be time for a little spring clean.
The following article was originally posted by Aaron Dunn of the SMSF Academy (and friend of Superfund Partners) on 8 September 2014. You can read the original article here.
The announcement of the Telstra share buyback has had many SMSF trustees salivating at the prospect of franking credits to boost their SMSF investment returns for the 2014-15 financial year. The decision to participate is not however a straight-forward decision, with taxpayers needing to consider their tax position to determine whether a benefit is obtained through participation.
When the global financial crisis savaged retirement savings in 2008, many self-managed super funds escaped the devastation better than other super funds.
What’s behind this better performance?
With 30 June hitting on Monday, there are a plethora of things that you as a trustee of your SMSF should consider to squeeze the maximum possible benefit from your SMSF. Here are just 15 things to consider before the year is up:
1. Valuation of your SMSF’s assets
It is a requirement under the superannuation law that the assets in your SMSF be valued each financial year. This is so that we can record the market value of the assets in the SMSF’s 2013/14 financial statements for income tax purposes and our SMSF auditor can verify that you have not contravened various provisions of the income tax and superannuation laws. The superannuation law does not require that you use a qualified independent valuer, as long as the valuation that you have arrived at is based on objective and supportive data. The ATO has published two documents on its website – “Valuation guidelines for SMSFs” and “
The ATO has introduced new penalty powers which it can impose on you if your fund breaks certain superannuation rules.
The new rules apply from 1 July 2014 and allow the ATO to fine you and require you to rectify the mistake that has been made. They can also direct you to take further education on self-managed superannuation funds if they are not satisfied you understand your role as trustee of your self-managed fund.
There are three types of new penalties that can be imposed:
- A direction to undertake, at your expense, an education course to improve your knowledge of self-managed superannuation funds,
- Rectify any breaches of the superannuation rules that your fund has not complied with, and
- An administrative penalty for breaching the superannuation rules (see below).
The fines range from $850 for minor administrative matters through to $10,200 for more serious matters such as breaches of the rules about the fund’s investments.