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Concessional contributions are superannuation contributions in respect of which a tax deduction has been claimed whether those contributions are made by the employer (or a related company of the employer) of the member or by the member themself. These contributions are subject to tax in the super fund at 15%.

This very issue was the subject of a recent private binding ruling (released 25 March 2024). The taxpayer had for a number of years (actual number was redacted in the published ruling) made personal superannuation contributions for which the taxpayer claimed a tax deduction. The actual amount of each of these contributions was not provided in the published ruling.

If you have funds that are still in catch-up mode or are on different deeds, talk to us about our bulk SMSF conversion program. This will ensure that your trustees have all the necessary powers to comprehensively and legally administer their funds and remain SIS compliant into the future – safeguarding them against potential legal, tax problems and associated penalties.

With an increasing number of elderly parents living with their adult children is it possible that an adult child of a deceased parent could, on the death of the parent, receive their parent’s superannuation tax free?

Two significant changes have been made to the Work Bonus scheme. These changes apply from 1 January 2024. The first change is that an initial credit of $4,000 will be granted to the “work bonus bank” of each new age pension recipient. The second is that the maximum balance of the “work bonus bank” has been increased to $11,800 (previously the maximum balance was $7,800).

Contrary to popular belief, simply tearing up or ignoring signed legal documents does not eradicate its effect. The reality is, once a documented agreement is executed (by signature or common seal) it can only be unmade, corrected or amended by the signing of other relevant legal documents.

AASB 2020-2: What could be more innocent than an accounting standards board deciding to create a simple, objective, consistent, comparable, transparent and enforceable financial reporting framework? Well if the financial reporting framework was also sustainable, diverse and carbon neutral then we would have a “world’s best” financial reporting framework. What rational person could possibly take exception? Well read on…

One of the most significant features of account-based pensions is the ability to commute the pension, whether in full (also known as a 100% commutation) or in part (a partial commutation ie. less than 100%).

Did you know that SUPERCentral have a library of over 100 SMSF Toolkit Documents to assist you in the management of your client’s SMSF’s?

This case illustrates the consequence where the net sale proceeds was not entirely applied in the application of the replacement home. Mr and Mrs Parton, rather like Bill and Wilma (refer article: Downsizing and the Age Pension), sold their home and did not immediately acquire a replacement home. Once they acquired the replacement home, they did not use up all of the sale proceeds. They intended that a portion of the net sale proceeds would be used in repairing and modifying their replacement home.

Often individuals and couples, once they are retired and receiving the age pension, will want to downsize their home to more suitable accommodation. If the individual or couple own their own home, the home is excluded from the age pension assets test, irrespective of the value of the home. But what happens to their age pension if they sell their current home to buy another home?

Any super fund member who has commenced an account-based pension since 1 July 2017 (even if the pension has been entirely rolled back to accumulation phase or cashed out) can now view their updated personal transfer balance cap by using the MyGov website to access ATO online services. With the increase in the general transfer balance cap from $1.7m to $1.9m (which took effect on 1 July 2023), super fund members personal transfer balance cap will be increased in proportion to their unused transfer balance cap (also known as “transfer balance cap space”).

Registrations are open for our estate planning course commencing on Thursday 24 August. EP Advantage is: a 10-week online program, maximum 1-2 hrs per week Delivers practical scenario-based training on estate planning Online modules are presented by Townsends Lawyers estate planning specialists Brian Hor and Peter Townsend FAAA (FPA) approved for 18 CPD points Course brochure here. When asked what are the strongest features of the course, previous participants shared: Peter … ‘practical aspect of discussion’ Bethany … ‘capacity for all learning styles to buy in’ Jeremy … ‘using real life scenarios to apply the theory and content’ Christian … ‘course had me mentally categorising my clients’ Narelle … ‘The conversation style was excellent, as was unpacking the case studies each week’ For more information or to register with SUPERCentral please call 02 8296 6266 or email Shadi at