Self Managed Super Funds are loved by many Australians due to the flexibility and freedom they provide their members. SMSF’s allow trustees to take their retirement into their own hands and manage their money consistent with their own investment beliefs and strategies.
SMSF’s can invest in numerous asset classes including direct property, unlisted and listed shares, private loans, bullion and other precious metals, managed funds, unit trusts, cryptocurrency and in some circumstances even collectables. It is this fundamental flexibility and freedom that has enticed over a million Australians to setup an SMSF.
At SMSF Australia, our SMSF Accountants Sydney love all things super related! We use the Class Super platform to manage our clients’ compliance needs by keeping the financial records up to date. This dedicated software allows for data feeds and automation tools which helps decrease the costs of compliance while giving near real time information on which trustees can make decisions. Our team has built our own automation focussed toolkit on top of the Class Super platform ensuring we can offer a service of unparalleled technical excellence while keeping the fees reasonable for our clients.
If you are at the beginning of your super journey and have decided to proceed with an SMSF Setup the next steps can seem daunting, but we can manage the setup process for you from start to finish. We can also help you understand the obligations and rules imposed by the ATO on the management of Self Managed Super Funds where you are, in effect, the trustee of your future self’s retirement funds.
If you’re interested in learning more about our SMSF Accounting Services please reach out for a confidential quote. Simply submit your details and one of our friendly team will be in touch as soon as possible.
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Our staff are accredited SMSF Specialists with decades of experience in the SMSF space having chosen to focus their careers on this one niche area. Our firm are proud members of the SMSF Association of Australia which is the independent body representing and training accountants and lawyers who focus on this technically challenging but crucial area.
Our team also boasts a number of staff and directors accredited with the Tax Institute of Australia as Chartered Tax Advisers showing their specialist knowledge of all things tax. When dealing with SMSF Australia you have the confidence of knowing you are not working with jacks of all trades but specialists who are passionate about working in the super sphere and experienced handling complex super scenarios, dealing with ATO queries and difficult compliance matters.
We are also fortunate to have a practising lawyer on our board who specialises in the super space able to assist clients who have tricky legal issues crop up with their SMSF. This intersection of expert legal and accounting advice allows SMSF Australia to handle complex issues with relative ease and efficiency.
SMSF Australia assists with the entire lifecycle of a Self Managed Super Fund from the initial setup through to eventual wind-ups. The team is passionate and experienced in guiding clients through the entire process while assisting them to keep compliant.
All our work is completed based on a fixed price model as we aim to provide transparency to our clients throughout the process. If you choose to work with us we will review your file before we start work and provide you with a no obligation quote on what it will cost to complete the work on an annual basis. Our general fees as a guide are below:
It is a legal requirement that SMSFs are audited annually by an independent, ASIC registered auditor. This process includes a review of the following aspects of your fund:
We assist with the entire audit process organising an independent auditor, providing the pre audit works and liaising with them to minimise any compliance issues.
Every fund needs to submit a tax return annually to the Australian Taxation Office. The return is based on the financial year being 1st July through to 30th June and speaks to the financial position and performance of the fund along with the balances of the members accounts. The return cannot be lodged without an independent auditor’s report confirming that the fund has maintained compliance with the plethora of compliance rules and obligations governed under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.
For compliant SMSFs with a good history with the ATO this return is generally due for lodgement by the 15th of May the year following the end of financial year. For first year super fund returns these generally have a shorter window for lodgement being due the 28th February as the ATO will tend to pay more attention to a new fund in its first year to ensure the trustees are on top of their new obligations.
The total cost of setting up an SMSF Setup in Sydney is $2,000+GST.
This fee is inclusive of everything you need to get the fund setup, the existing funds rolled over, the ESA to receive contributions and everything 100% ready to go. In detail this includes:
If you have made the decision to proceed with an SMSF Setup please reach out to our friendly team and we can assist you to complete the process:
To answer simply, yes.
However, there are certain legal obligations that your fund must meet in order to legally hold property in the fund:
For more information about a specific property purchase please reach out to one of our friendly team for advice.
Only in very specific circumstances using a Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangement. It is worth keeping in mind it is becoming increasingly expensive to get a mortgage in an SMSF since the Royal Commission as the big four banks in Australia have pulled out of the SMSF lending space. This means if you are seeking to borrow within your SMSF then you will have to go to a second-tier lender who tend to have higher interest rates and fees.
You are allowed to invest in cryptocurrencies in your SMSF, provided that it is outlined in the investment strategy. It is important to note that the exchange account holding the coins must be in the name of the fund and not under a personal name. From a tax point of view keep in mind that the ATO treats all cryptocurrency exchanges as a taxable event regardless as to whether you converted back to fiat currency.