SMSF Basics – How an SMSF is set up

SMSF Basics – How an SMSF is set up

How an SMSF is set up

Setting up an SMSF is an important decision and has several considerations BEFORE you decide an SMSF is for you, or have had discussions with your financial or tax agent advisor and conclude an SMSF may be a suitable part of your strategy for wealth creation and the retirement you want.

Here is a simplified layout – Step by Step: (the applicable sections of the SIS Act and Regulations are given, eg S104A)

1. Preparation – what is involved and suitability

  • Consider options, seek advice, your time, skills
  • What Trustee Type and Eligibility (over 18, no legal disability, not disqualified, no convictions) individuals, corporate (preferred and more stable for succession planning)
  • Member numbers – single, multiple
  • Trust Deed, order/have written
  • Attend a FREE webinar – run each month – Self-Managed Super Fund Roadmap

2. Starting the SMSF

  • Investment Strategy decided and write – Reg 4.09.
  • Organise Employer to contribute to your new SMSF bank account – Complete Standard Choice form, from ATO
  • Decide if you will keep insurance in your current commercial super fund (leaving a small balance there to maintain insurance cover), or get quotes to pay from your SMSF and roll the full super over (call us to find out why this is an important consideration)
  • Roll-in monies – request from your current super funds, and/or contribute own monies and assets as allowed Reg 7.04
  • Bank Account opened in name of SMSF – MUST segregate super money from personal
  • ATO Trustee Declarations signed and kept 10 years S104A
  • Application for ABN, TFN and Regulation by ATO
  • Commence the SMSF by executing the Trust Deed

3. Operate the SMSF – each year from the start

  • Manage contributions from employer or personal, and roll-ins from Super Funds
  • Invest monies as per your Investment Strategy Reg 4.09
  • Life & TPD Insurance Requirements can be paid by SMSF if required
  • Maintain Record keeping, mail, banking – S35B
  • (When later required) – Pensions (benefits) min. payment, documented, application, minutes, actuary certificate (if applic), pension payments – Sub Reg 1.06 (9A)
  • Further Compliance tasks, meeting minutes for major decisions eg change in investment strategy, keep 10 yrs – S103
  • Organise annual return, audit at year end – S35B, S35C(2)(d).

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