With only weeks to the End of Financial Year (EOFY) left, it’s time to have a review to ensure all is in order and all papers documenting all transactions during the year, are in hand and ready for auditor and accountant verification. Here are some other tips to consider –
1. Contribution Caps
The concessional contribution (tax deductible / employer) cap for 2016/17 is $30,000, or $35,000 for 49+ years or over. If you have more than one fund, ALL concessional contributions made to ALL your funds are added together and counted towards the cap. This cap was not indexed. MORE HERE
2. Minimum Pension taken
If there are members in the pension phase, ensure they have received the required minimum pension amount by 30 June. Failure can result in the investment income derived from your assets supporting that pension no longer being exempt from tax and other penalties could apply. MORE HERE
3. Claim Tax Deductions for Personal Contributions (Non-Concessional)
If you are claiming a tax deduction for your superannuation contributions, make sure you are eligible to claim the tax deduction – seek advice if you’re unsure. An error in over-contributing or claiming a tax deduction for personal superannuation contributions could have excess tax consequences.
4. Off-Market Transfers
You are still eligible to conduct in specie contributions of shares to your fund. Listed stock held in your personal name can be transferred to your fund as non-concessional or concessional contributions (if eligible) to your SMSF. Consideration should be given to capital gains tax, contribution caps and the off market transfer procedures.
5. Government Co-Contribution
Remember to take advantage of the Government co-contribution by making a non-concessional (after tax) super contribution before the end of the financial year. For every dollar of eligible contributions, the Government contributes 50 cents to your superannuation up to a maximum government co-contribution of $500. The maximum government co-contribution (scaled as income rises) is payable is for income between $36,021 to max $51,021. See Co-Contribution
6. Investment Strategy was followed
Review your investment strategy and ensure all investments have been made in accordance with it, and the SMSF trust deed. Also, make sure your investment strategy has been updated to include consideration of insurances for members.
7. Insurance Policies
From 1 July 2014, new rules came into effect that will prohibit superannuation fund trustees from providing an “insured benefit” in relation to a member unless the insured event is entirely consistent with a superannuation condition of release. This means that trauma policies and own occupation Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) policies will not be permitted. However, it is important to note these new rules will not apply to policies taken out prior to 1 July 2014.
8. In-House Assets
If your fund has any investments in in-house assets you must make sure that at all times the market value of these investments is less than 5% of the value of the fund. Do not take this rule lightly as the new SMSF penalty powers will make it easier for the ATO to apply administrative penalties (fines) for smaller misdemeanors ranging from $820 to $10,200 per breach, per trustee!
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