As the Government encourages Australians to take responsibility for and reach their financial retirement goals, citizens are repeatedly required to deal with superannuation funds. Self-managed superannuation is a means of saving for retirement. It enables you to control your investment strategy, reduce tax while obtaining tax benefits, and control administration costs.
Superannuation law is a delicate area and personalised planning is required for each individual. The team at Betts & Associates Pty Ltd are superannuation experts who can assist in establishing a superannuation fund that will effectively enable you to reach your financial retirement goals.
Services we offer include:
- Establishing self-managed superannuation funds
- Superannuation audits
- Advice on compliance matters
- Advice on taxation benefits
- Advice on employer obligations
Changes to Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF)
Recent legislative changes made to SMSFs, have affected the services our office provides. The changes affect advice provided on the following:
- Setting up an SMSF
- Winding up an SMSF
- Pensions (Transition to Retirement and Account Based, Market Link, Linked and Lifetime Complying)
- Contributions Strategies (amount, types, withdrawal and re-contribution)
- Transfer of business real property
- Withdrawals, commutations and death benefit payments
- Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements
- Provision of a General Asset Class Investment Strategy
Please be aware that the above topics include matters that are discussed regularly regarding your fund. Further discussions will be necessary in order to take into account the recent government changes coming in to effect 1 July, 2017.
These legislative changes are enforced by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and non-compliance will incur severe penalties. As part of these changes, we have implemented all the necessary licencing, additional insurance, and additional staff training. We are now an authorised representative of the SMSF Advisors Network Pty Ltd (SAN) who provide us with further resources.
The most important aspect of these changes that directly impact you as a client is the provision of a Statement of Advice (SOA). Every SMSF requires a completed SOA on file prior to advice being given.
The process of completing an SOA is as follows:
- Review of documents which include the Financial Services Guide, Advisor Profile, Fee Schedule and CPA material on the changes and types of advice now subject to the new licencing regulations.
- Complete an appointment with Mrs Kate Anderson, the authorised representative responsible for introducing you to the new advice process. A factfinder will be completed during this appointment in order to gather information on your current situation, goals and objectives. This factfinder will be used to prepare your Statement of Advice;
- Receive and review your Statement of Advice.
Click below for the SMSF Financial Services Guides
If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact the office.