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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

SMEs set to benefit from rewriting of super contribution rules

A Board of Taxation report released this week recommends giving small businesses owners the option of assessing their employee superannuation contributions on a quarterly basis. by Eloise Keating

Monday, 19 January 2015

Why self-employed women are among superannuation’s biggest losers

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show self-employed women have one of the lowest rates of superannuation savings out of any group in the workforce. Here are five key reasons why. by Michael Laurence

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

“Telling porkies”: 440 SMSF auditors deregistered after failing or not sitting the exam

The corporate watchdog has deregistered 440 self-managed super fund auditors who did not undertake or pass the competency exam necessary to be registered. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 8 December 2014

Murray report: Ban on borrowing, but SMSFs left mostly untouched

The final report of the Financial System Inquiry has called for the government to stop direct borrowing from self-managed super funds, but has left SMSFs mostly untouched from its sweeping recommendations. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 1 December 2014

SMSFs still the heartland of the mature and wealthy

Suggestions that young and naïve investors are rushing to set up self-managed super funds have been debunked by figures from the Australian Taxation Office. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 17 November 2014

Beware the loan trap for SMSFs chasing high yields

Putting high-risk, high-interest loans in your self-managed super fund can be tempting, but there are real risks of getting caught in a trap. by Michael Laurence

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fears SMSF trustees will go it alone after financial scandals, as Aussie super named world number two

Self-managed super fund trustees are being put off from seeking financial advice by the slew of recent scandals in the financial planning sector, according to taxpayer advocate group Taxpayers Australia. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 27 October 2014

Risky business: Using a self-managed super fund as a ‘personal bank’

A Federal Court judgment this month provides telling lessons for members of self-managed super funds, including those operating SMEs. by Michael Laurence

Monday, 15 September 2014

The 10 pros and cons of your SMSF owning your business premises

Buying your business premises through your self-managed super fund can look like an attractive investment option. However, there are some important risks you need to consider. by Michael Laurence
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