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Minimising lost opportunity: Payments above ABP minimum

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Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers

Significant time has passed since the introduction of the transfer balance cap (‘TBC’). During this period, many have become aware of the potential trap caused by the TBC for SMSF members who receive payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual amount, and have responded by implementing various strategies to avoid this trap. This article shows that timely action can minimise any further opportunity cost resulting from the trap.

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Why should the deposit be paid by the SMSF trustee?

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By Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers

When self managed superannuation funds (‘SMSFs’) borrow to acquire real property, one of the common mistakes is not having the deposit paid from the bank account of the SMSF trustee. This article highlights the importance of the deposit being paid the SMSF’s bank account and identifies some possible rectification options where the deposit was paid by another party.

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