QSuper members can now rollover to their SMSF

Can you move from QSuper?
 
Due to recent legislation changes, all Queensland Government employees with a QSuper Accumulation Superannuation Fund can transfer the majority of their existing member benefit from QSuper to another complying Superannuation Fund – including a SMSF.

Why corporate trustees are better for SMSFs

I cannot recall setting up an SMSF in the last couple of years without a corporate trustee. However, historically many SMSFs have been established with individuals as trustees. While this is allowable under the SMSF rules, the majority of superannuation professionals would agree that a corporate trustee is the most preferred trustee for an SMSF.

So, why is a special purpose corporate trustee better?

Changes to how your SMSF must receive employer contributions from 1 July 2014

As part of the Government’s goal to improve the efficiency of the superannuation system and the timeliness of processing rollovers and contributions, the way in which SMSFs can receive rollovers and contributions will change from 1 July 2014.  A new standard is being introduced which basically requires all contributions and rollovers to be paid electronically, along with a standard format electronic message which must be sent to the receiving super fund.  This is referred to as the ‘new standard’.

Changing your SMSF trustee from individuals to a special purpose company

There are a number of reasons why you should make the decision to appoint a special purpose company as a trustee of your SMSF, but what exactly needs to happen?

There are two main areas that need to be addressed as part of the change:

1. The legal change

2. Investment name changes

Coming to terms with term deposits

As an investor, you need to ensure that you are seeking advice on safe income-producing investments, even if it is just a relatively small portion of your portfolio to boost your overall returns.

The following article examines the safe investment options that you can embark on in a troubled marketplace.

Author Jeremy Cooper is chairman of retirement income at Challenger Limited.

Important insurance changes impacting all SMSFs

As a trustee of your SMSF, you now have to review your investment strategy following recent amendments to SMSF requirements in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations.

We previously reported on this change back when it was announced in August 2012.

Alert: Government announces super changes

On Friday 5 April 2013 the Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, announced the Government’s proposed changes to the superannuation laws.  The Government have aimed the changes at creating what they believe will be a more equitable and sustainable retirement income system.

The following is a summary of the announced changes to superannuation

ATO relief on minimum pension payments

Although prevention is better than cure when it comes to ensuring you take your minimum pension payments each year, the ATO this week has released information in regards the circumstances in which they will overlook a small underpayment in pension payments.

Regulation changes impacting your SMSF

There are a number of regulatory changes that apply from today (7 August 2012) that may impact your SMSF.  These changes are in regards to insurance, investment strategies, keeping investments separate and in the correct name and valuation of assets.  The following is a simplified explanation of these changes and how they impact you as trustees of your SMSF.

Insurance:

As part of the required investment strategy of a SMSF, insurance must now be considered.

Multiple pension accounts

A question we quite often asked by our clients is why they may have more than one pension account.  In this article I will explore some of the reasons why having more than one pension account should actually be the norm, rather than the exception for SMSF clients.