The popularity of Self Managed Super Funds stem from the range of investment choice enjoyed by trustees along with the unique level of control the structure provides. SMSFs are the most flexible investment vehicle for superannuation savings in Australia allowing their members the chance to invest in direct property, unique assets such as collectables and even digital assets along with traditional investments including shares and managed funds.
Our Sunshine Coast SMSF Accountants are specialists in the superannuation field assisting trustees to meet their obligations by providing a full range of SMSF administration services. These services include the ongoing reconciliation of the transactions, preparing financials, completing the SMSF Tax Return as well as organising the compulsory annual SMSF audit. For new trustees who have made the decision with their financial adviser to complete an SMSF Setup we can manage the entire establishment process for you. Our certified specialists can also provide education and support to trustees so that you are confident you understand the rules and obligations placed on self managed superannuation funds by the Australian Taxation Office who administer the system.
Our team of SMSF Specialists are accredited via the SMSF Association of Australia, the independent organisation providing training, support, and scrutiny for the self managed super fund industry. This training is coupled with the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification from the Taxation Institute of Australia which provides the technical mark of excellence so you can be confident you are dealing with specialists in this unique and challenging area.
Along with our amazing accounting team we are fortunate to have a specialist SMSF lawyer on our board who provides ongoing training and support to our team. This intersection of law and accounting in our team allows us to handle complex matters efficiently and assist with ATO queries, contraventions and other high level advice and support for our clients.
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Our team provides SMSF accounting services throughout the Sunshine Coast and wider Queensland using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Class Super and other remote access technologies to support clients whether rurally based or in the metropolitan area. We can assist with the whole lifecycle of a self managed super fund from the initial SMSF setup through the eventual SMSF wind ups. We believe in transparency in our costs so all work is quoted up front (except for ATO initiated audits or other complex legal matters which may be unable to be accurately determined in advance).
Please checkout our Pricing page for a full breakdown of the costs of establishing, running and closing an SMSF but as a general guide:
All funds must have an independent audit each financial year before the return is lodged with the ATO. This SMSF Audit must be completed by an ASIC licensed SMSF Auditor following a very regimented process reviewing both the compliance and financial elements of your fund. Some of the key documents that the SMSF Auditor will review include:
Although the SMSF Audit process can appear to be quite complicated we manage it on behalf of the trustees providing pre-audit checks and reviews and helping to inform trustees of their obligations so that records are being kept accurately. Please check out our services page below to learn more about how our SMSF Audit Services work.
Another annual requirement is the completion of an SMSF Tax Return which reports to the ATO the income and expenditure of the fund along with the member balances. The tax office then assesses the tax payable of the fund which will be calculated at 15% of the net profit for most complying super funds. The ATO will also charge an SMSF Compliance Levy which is an additional fee they charge as part of their cost recovery for the time they take to administer the superannuation system. This is why you may have a small payable even when you have had no income for a particular financial year.
SMSF Tax Returns are due by the 15th May following the end of financial year for the majority of funds which gives trustees plenty of time to work with us to get their files completed, reviewed and audited prior to lodgement. For new SMSF Setups the tax office gives a shorter deadline of the 28th February as they tend to pay special attention to new funds to ensure the new trustees are understanding their obligations and meeting the requirements laid down under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.
If you have decided to go down the past of setting up a Self Managed Super Fund then our friendly team is here to assist you complete the establishment process. In simple terms this includes:
The short answer is yes you can own a property in an SMSF! Trustees can choose to add either residential or commercial properties into their fund and some limited borrowing options are available although generally from second tier lenders at higher interest rates than standard mortgages. There are also numerous rules you need to be aware of including, most importantly, an absolute bar from a residential property being occupied by, rented too or otherwise used by a related party.
You also need to be cautious as there are an unfortunate number of property spruikers attempting to offload less than ideal properties onto unwitting SMSF trustees. Be careful to ensure that anyone advising you on a property purchase is licensed by ASIC and holds a valid Australian Financial Services License. For more information about the risks of property within an SMSF checkout the Australian government Money Smart website.