The speech, Update from the ATO on recent compliance activity, areas of concern with SMSFs and the ATOs future priorities, was given to the CPA Learn from the Masters SMSF Conference and Expo 2014.
SMSF Overseas Seminars
The ATO is concerned about promotors advertising “questionable SMSF conferences in overseas destinations”. It appears these seminars may be of limited value to the SMSF as they include “minimal training related to SMSF activities”. However the promotors claim the that the full costs of the trip can be claimed as a tax deduction. The ATO warns that:
“Trustees contemplating attending such events should be aware of the potential to contravene the sole purpose test.”