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Even for this experienced SMSF technical services executive, the tighter rules for borrowing in his SMSF brought some unexpected problems. It’s much harder now than most people realise.
What to do if super guarantee payments from multiple employers, combined with salary sacrifice arrangements, have resulted in a breach of the concessional contribution cap.
A couple can benefit if the person running against the $1.6 million cap on super pension balances contributes to the spouse’s super. It’s worth checking the eligibility requirements and tax offsets.
With the maximum number of members in an SMSF likely to increase from four to six, weigh up the pros and cons when deciding if an increase is in the best interests of all members.
In certain limited circumstances, especially relating to Business Real Property, it is possible for an SMSF to acquire property from a member but check the rules carefully to avoid penalties.
Super contribution changes that took effect on 1 July 2017 and other changes coming in from 1 July 2018 aren’t all negative, leaving opportunities over the next few months to make the necessary adjustments.
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The latest findings from the SuperConcepts SMSF Investment Patterns Survey revealed a spike in the allocation of lump sum versus pension payments in the first quarter of 2018 – a reversal of trends from previous quarters.
This report, prepared by the SMSF Centre of Excellence, investigates some behavioural factors that contribute to the asset allocation decisions of SMSFs and how they can be overcome.