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In our library, you will find the latest financial news, valuable insights and ideas, tips and tricks we've learnt over the years and other helpful educational pieces.

Superannuation

Federal Budget 2017 – Super

9 May 2017
Key points from the Federal Budget 2017 announcement, including the use of LRBAs to be included in a member's total super balance and transfer balance cap from 1 July 2018 ...

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Don’t let the super reforms unravel your estate planning

4 April 2017
By Andrew Proudfoot
There is now only 13 weeks left before the Government’s new super reforms kick in. This means, there is only 13 weeks left to rethink your super strategy and make any necessary changes to ensure you get the best financial outcomes and avoid potential penalties. Time is running out.

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Superannuation changes: what you need to know

20 January 2017
By David Lloyd
2017 is going to be a big year for superannuation. As end of financial year nears, we thought it worth outlining what changes you should make note of and what you can do to make sure you’re taking advantage of them before 1 July 2017.

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7 ways to kickstart 2017 – and make it your best financial year yet

6 January 2017
By John Barton
If there is one thing 2016 taught us, it is that peace of mind is a valuable thing. We are both excited and hopeful for the year to come and have shared 7 tips to help make 2017 your best financial year yet and to help you achieve peace of mind for the year to come, regardless of what events unfold this year.

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What the $1.6 million pension cap means for you

30 November 2016
By David Lloyd
As part of their controversial suite of proposed changes to superannuation put forward in May, the Coalition announced a cap of $1.6 million on all existing and new pension accounts. Last week, these changes passed through Parliament and are now Law.

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$500,000 non-concessional lifetime cap to be scrapped

15 September 2016
In a monumental turnaround, the Federal Government has today made major changes to its superannuation package by dumping highly controversial plans for a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

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Small win for SMSF trustees sets the scene for further Budget review

22 July 2016
Since the handing down of the Federal Budget in May we have been working closely with a number of SMSF advocacy bodies, including SISFA (of which I am a Director and MGD a founding member) and SMSF Owners’ Alliance, to ensure any proposed changes to SMSF policy translate into level-headed fair regulation.

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ATO extends deadline for SMSF borrowing arrangement

14 June 2016
The ATO has announced that it is allowing SMSF trustees additional time to ensure that any limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) that their fund has are on terms consistent with an arm’s length dealing, or alternatively are brought to an end. The previously announced 30 June deadline has now been extended to 31 January 2017.

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Federal Budget 2016 – Superannuation Update

20 May 2016
The budget contained a number of important changes to the superannuation system, including retirement income streams and tax changes. The announced changes took everyone by surprise and it is important that you discuss your particular situation with your adviser and how these changes may affect you.

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Taxation & superannuation planning for year end 2015-16

20 May 2016
With 30 June 2016 rapidly approaching, now is the time to review your financial position and consider any superannuation and tax-effective strategies that might be appropriate for you.

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NCC lifetime cap and you

20 May 2016
From 3 May 2016, the amount of non-concessional contributions (NCCs) that a person can make to super will have a proposed cap of $500,000. What does this mean for you?

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Federal Budget 2016

4 May 2016
Two major factors necessarily limited Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull in their first crack at a Federal Budget – our relatively fragile economy, as evidenced by yesterday’s RBA announcement, and the fact that an election will be called within days.

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Federal Budget 2016: superannuation

4 May 2016
Key points on superannuation from the Federal Budget 2016 announcement, including the introduction of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap, concessional cap changes and an ease in the restrictions for tax deductions for personal contributions...

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Rumour has it: pre-Budget super speculation

12 April 2016
With less than a week until the Federal Budget is handed down, the media is alive with speculation as to what changes the Government will impose and, as usual, superannuation is at the forefront of the pre-Budget rumour mill.

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Is your SMSF adviser right for you?

30 March 2016
It’s no secret that SMSFs are regulated by a complex and frequently changing set of laws and regulations making maintaining compliance and optimal operation within this legal framework an increasingly challenging task. This is why many SMSF trustees (or directors of a trustee company) turn to specialists to help guide them through this maze to ensure their obligations are met.

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One smart pre-Budget move you should consider if aged 55* or over (at 30th June 2015)

15 March 2016
It’s that time of year again when pre-Budget media speculation is proving very hard to escape. Every day we are told what the Budget may (or may not!) have in store for us which can be perplexing when considering pre-emptive pre-Budget strategies.

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Senator: unfair to change super tax policy

11 February 2016
Well-respected Liberal National Senator Matthew Canavan has today featured in SMSF Adviser responding to speculated changes to superannuation taxation policy. Senator Canavan said it would be unfair to change the tax arrangements for people’s superannuation balances (or their earnings) as many people have contributed to their fund for many years.

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