Establishing and running a self-managed super fund (SMSF) comes with great advantages like more control and flexibility over your investments, future income streams, significant tax benefits as well as a vehicle for owning insurance policies. It also creates additional responsibilities like ensuring you are complying with reporting obligations and industry regulations, and potentially having to defend disputes.
We can help
Our SMSF specialists are experienced in all aspects of establishing and running SMSFs. We work with a broad range of clients from some of Australia’s largest family groups, high net worth individuals as well as small business owners, young families and people moving towards retirement. We regularly liaise with regulators on behalf of our clients.
We are part of a larger team of private client advisers with extensive experience across estate and succession planning and all aspects of personal wealth management. Our experience gives us practical insight into the issues, concerns and needs that arise at different stages of life.
We advise on an all aspects of establishing and managing SMSFs including:
- The establishment, operation, and structuring
- Compliance and regulatory matters
- Contribution and benefit payment strategies
- Pension strategies, including the commencement and administration of pensions
- Tax issues, including liaising with the Australian Taxation Office regarding disputed assessments
- Enforcement action by the Australian Taxation Office, including penalties and disqualification of trustees
- Investments, including the acquisition and disposal of property, structuring, borrowing, and regulatory issues
- Matters arising at audit and the rectification of errors
- Self managed superannuation fund disputes at the Supreme Court
- AFCA disputes
- Family law issues affecting the superannuation entitlements of members
- Succession issues and planning for the disposition of death benefits
- Death benefits
Private Clients| 06 Dec 2019
In the last video of our series examining the five key SMSF estate matters you must talk to your client about, Partner William Moore recaps the key points you need to consider.
Private Clients| 28 Nov 2019
In the sixth video of our series examining the five key self managed super fund (SMSF) estate matters you must talk to your client about, Senior Associate Sam Baring takes you through some recent cases that provide a useful starting point for discussion with your clients, and which also make great war stories around what clients should be avoiding in relation to their SMSFs.
Private Clients| 21 Nov 2019
In the fifth video of our series examining the five key self managed super fund (SMSF) estate matters you must talk to your client about, Lawyer Juliet O’Brien highlights issues to consider when deciding if your client’s superannuation death benefit nomination is to be binding or non-binding.
Private Clients| 29 Oct 2019
In the third video of our series examining the five key self managed super fund (SMSF) estate matters you must talk to your clients about, Senior Associate Kate Gould highlights the important compliance obligations of powers of attorney in relation to SMSFs, particularly: if the client is relocating overseas; and to allow the attorney to validly execute or update death benefit nominations. This could be important in light of the recent superannuation transfer balance cap rules