Tax & Estate Planning

September 15, 2020

A recent ATO private ruling considered the implications of withdrawing superannuation when a member is terminally ill. Before passing away, the deceased gave instructions to the trustee to withdraw her entire balance from superannuation. Her superannuation consisted of a term...

August 11, 2020

The Government's Super Guarantee amnesty legislation, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019 received Royal Asset on 6 March 2020. This new legislation establishes the Government's Super Guarantee (SG) amnesty which runs from 24 May 2018 and ends...

December 2, 2019

Landholder duty only applies to relevant acquisitions of shares in companies or units in unit trusts that hold interests in land in NSW with a threshold value of $2 million or more. Currently the relevant land value is the...

November 22, 2019

In NSW the extra 8% stamp duty and extra 2% land tax surcharges for foreign persons, trusts and companies have been in place for a few years. These surcharges apply on top of the usual stamp duty and land...

November 20, 2019

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) is currently providing funding for farming families to receive retirement, succession and estate planning advice. However, the time to take advantage of this is running out, with the funding only available until 30...

June 25, 2019

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is an ATO reporting obligation which requires employers to report employee payroll information, including superannuation, to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). If you are using a software solution that offers STP reporting, such as payroll or...

January 8, 2019

When considering transfers of primary production land, it is important to structure your affairs appropriately from the outset. Specifically, where discretionary trusts own the land or carry on a business on the land, planning is essential to minimise taxation...

December 19, 2018

On 16 November, an exposure draft of the Corporations Amendment (Proprietary Company Thresholds) Regulations 2018 was released proposing to increase the thresholds that determine a large proprietary company under section 45A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). Under the current...

December 18, 2018

There are many strategies that can be implemented during a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) member’s lifetime to increase certainty about what will happen to their super balance following their death. A commonly used strategy is for the member to have...