SMSF borrowing on ATO’s radar, says Assistant Commissioner

SMSF borrowings which contravene the SIS Act and regulations are on the ATO’s radar. ATO Assistant Commissioner for superannuation, Matthew Bambrick, told the Tax Institute Annual Superannuation Intensive Conference that the ATO is “concerned that some organisations are promoting arrangements where SMSF assets provide members with a current-day benefit.”

Other options than banning SMSF borrowing: Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told the SMSF Association national conference in Melbourne there are options available other than banning borrowing by SMSFs. “We need to get the policy setting right and bear in mind a valid consideration that super is intended to generate a reliable and sustainable retirement income.” “With an open mind, we will… Continue reading Other options than banning SMSF borrowing: Assistant Treasurer

Safe harbour provision for low interest rate SMSF LRBAs

In order to remove uncertainty surrounding low, or zero, interest rate LRBAs and the non-arm’s length income rules the Government should create a safe harbour provision. It is unclear where the idea for 0% interest rate LRBA started, through the June 2012 meeting of the superannuation technical National Tax Liason Group was likely a key point. In… Continue reading Safe harbour provision for low interest rate SMSF LRBAs

Policy needed to fight short-termism in superannuation: FPA

The FPA have recommended an independent institution be established to “assess whether the superannuation system is meeting its objectives.” This recommendation is made in the FPA’s second submission to the Financial System Inquiry, and comes in response to concerns about the lack of direction in superannuation policy, including short-termism. “The role of superannuation as a… Continue reading Policy needed to fight short-termism in superannuation: FPA

Force SMSFs to get financial advice before borrowing: AFA

The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) have recommended that before SMSFs are allowed to borrow they be forced to seek financial advice. “It is our suggestion that SMSF’s should need to obtain advice from an appropriately licensed financial adviser before they can enter into a limited recourse borrowing arrangement within the fund.” This recommendation was… Continue reading Force SMSFs to get financial advice before borrowing: AFA

CPA calls for lifetime limit on superannuation lump sums

CPA Australia has called for a lifetime limit on superannuation lump sums, among other recommendations in a second-round submission to the Financial System Inquiry. Limit superannuation lump sums CPA said in the submission that people need to be encouraged to take income streams in retirement instead of lump sums. However CPA does not argue for prohibiting… Continue reading CPA calls for lifetime limit on superannuation lump sums

Spike in LRBAs a result of ATO change to statistics

Changes to how the ATO reports statistics for SMSF Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements has resulted in a dramatic increase in the 2013/14 figures. However this really reflects a underlying trend, instead of a actual spike in LRBAs. These statistics are contained in the ATO Self-managed super fund statistical report – June 2014, which includes details of the June… Continue reading Spike in LRBAs a result of ATO change to statistics

Place limits on SMSF borrowing, says Rice Warner

Rice Warner has argued that several limits should be placed on SMSF borrowing, which will have the effect of reducing the amount that SMSFs could borrow. This is one of the recommendations included in the second submission by Rice Warner to the Financial System Inquiry (FSI). Limits on SMSF borrowing Rice Warner draws a distinction between installment warrants, which have… Continue reading Place limits on SMSF borrowing, says Rice Warner

SMSF LRBAs should be a financial product, says Cavendish

Cavendish, the SMSF administrator, has argued for a number of changes to LRBAs rather than a ban on SMSF borrowing, in a submission to the Financial System Inquiry. SMSF borrowing Cavendish draws a distinction between “traditional style” borrowings and the limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) of SMSFs. “These differences mean the level of systemic risk… Continue reading SMSF LRBAs should be a financial product, says Cavendish