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SMSFs borrowing to invest

Thinking about using your SMSF to borrow to invest? SMSF borrowing has become a popular way of maximising retirement savings because it allows you to increase the amount available to invest within your SMSF.

SMSFs are generally not allowed to borrow money. However there are some limited exceptions including borrowing to invest under a specific type of borrowing arrangement called a ‘limited recourse borrowing arrangement’ (LRBA). […]

Extra deductions for staff training

One of the key features of the recent federal budget handed down by the government was a proposal for extra deductions for employers for expenditure incurred in training their staff. Let’s take a closer look.


Small businesses with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $50 million will be able to deduct an additional 20% of expenditure incurred on eligible training courses provided to employees. The 20% boost will apply to eligible expenditure incurred from 7:30pm (AEDT) on 29 March 2022 (Budget night) until 30 June 2024.

Of course, this measure is subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, which may also be subject to the government winning the upcoming election. For its part, the opposition has not ruled out adopting this proposal should it form the next government. […]

Small business lifetime cap

Are you a small business owner selling your business or disposing of an active business asset? If so, did you know you might be able to disregard some or all of any capital gain by putting the proceeds into superannuation?

Lifetime CGT cap

If you are a small business owner and want to sell your business or dispose of an active asset, you may be eligible to disregard some or all of the capital gain resulting from the disposal under the small business CGT concessions. […]

More super for lower-income workers on the way

Did you know that lower-income earning individuals who earn less than $450 per month are currently not eligible for superannuation guarantee (SG) contributions from their employer?

The $450 per month threshold also applies if an employee has more than one part-time or casual job and they earn more than $450 per month from all jobs combined. It simply comes down to the amount earned per job which can disadvantage many younger or lower-income workers.


But not for long …

The good news is that the $450 threshold will be abolished from 1 July 2022 due to recent legislative changes. This means that all employers will have to pay SG contributions for all employees, regardless of how much they earn per month.

The removal of the $450 per month threshold will benefit an estimated 300,000 people or 3% of employees[1], who are mainly young and/or lower-income and part-time workers, approximately 63% of whom are female[2]. These changes will help these workers start accumulating super earlier as well as help address the gap in super savings between women and men. […]

GST refresher for your business

Most businesses are familiar with how GST works. But here’s a few reminders to make sure you’re being compliant and maximising your GST claims.

GST is paid at each step in the supply chain. and Businesses charge GST in the price of goods, services or anything else they supply, subject to various exemptions. If an entity is registered for GST, it can in many instances claim input tax credits from the ATO for any GST included in the price paid for goods, services or anything else bought for the business. However, for GST registered enterprises, the liability to pay GST rests on the supplier of goods and services, not on the consumer. In other words, even if the business incorrectly does not include the GST in the price of goods and services supplied, it is still liable to pay it to the ATO. […]

Benefits of a corporate trustee structure for your SMSF

Thinking about setting up an SMSF? Or do you already have an SMSF with an individual trustee structure? If so, now might be the time to consider adopting a corporate trustee structure for your fund.

With over 60% of all SMSFs having a corporate trustee structure, there are many benefits in setting up a company to be the trustee of your SMSF.

For background, each member of an SMSF is required to be a trustee of the fund. Alternatively, you can choose a corporate trustee model (ie, a company to act as the trustee of the fund), which means each SMSF member must also be a director of the trustee company. […]

Tax and Property Price Increases

With residential property values on a sharp upward trajectory, from a tax standpoint, what does this mean for owners and investors of this style of dwelling?



Domain’s End of Year Wrap revealed that in 2021, Australian house prices rose an astonishing 21.9%, the fastest annual rate of growth on record! Viewed through a taxation prism, these increases mean practically nothing unless the owner is selling or otherwise disposing of their property. If the property is retained, then the increases are merely a “paper gain”. By holding onto the property there generally won’t be any CGT consequences.

The obvious question then arises, what are the consequences from a tax perspective where an owner does decide to cash in on the boom and sell their residential property? […]

Claiming a deduction for personal super contributions

Making a personal deductible contribution into super can be a great way to provide for your retirement and reduce your income tax liability at the same time.


How do I make a personal deductible contribution?

A personal, deductible contribution is an after-tax contribution you make directly into your super fund that you can then claim as a […]

Undisclosed income risks hefty asset betterment statements

A recent Federal Court decision has put the spotlight on asset betterment – the controversial approach the ATO takes to determine undisclosed income.

In the case of Le v Commissioner of Taxation [2021] FCA 303, the ATO used an asset betterment calculation to justify including an additional $4.5 million in the assessable income of a couple.

This adjustment was made after an ATO calculation on their affairs showed significant wealth had been accrued and that this income, including potentially cash, had not been reported. […]

A pivotal estate planning case study for SMSFs

The case of Wooster v Morris highlights the importance of forethought in succession planning where a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is involved.

The “risk” that needs to be managed — as demonstrated in this case — is to ensure that whoever controls the purse strings does not take advantage of their position at the expense of others who were supposed to be beneficiaries of the SMSF. […]