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30/05/2017

Transitional rules to reset the cost base of assets that support pensions and TRIS in SMSFs using the proportionate method

Transitional rules to reset the cost base of assets that support pensions and TRIS in SMSFs using the proportionate method But firstly, what is a “TRIS”? […]
10/04/2017

Does your SMSF allow election to treat pension as lump sum? ATO is trying to stop you

Treat pension as lump sum? ATO says yes, but only if Deed allows it Treat pension as lump sum? The ATO has reluctantly confirmed that a […]
17/11/2016

Can you abandon a gift in a Will to keep the pension?

Can you abandon a gift in a Will to keep the pension? The Financial Planner carefully structures Mary’s affairs. Mary receives a $1 pension and Concession […]
15/11/2016

SMSF Commercial Lease fails ATO scrutiny

SMSF Commercial Lease fails ATO scrutiny An accountant shows me a non-complying self-managed super fund. It owns commercial property. Its blemish? It does not have a […]
11/08/2016

Go bankrupt lose Super? Bankrupt widow keeps Super

Go bankrupt lose Super? Bankrupt lose Super. But isn’t Superannuation protected from bankrupcty? The 3 common safe havens to protect assets from insolvency are: ‘Clean skin’ […]
20/07/2016

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds?

Are Family Trusts replacing Self-Managed Super funds? We are seeing a renewed interest from professionals for Family Trusts. Family Trusts built on our website have surged […]
20/07/2016

Charity v Son – Dad’s Will challenged

Charity v Son – Dad’s Will challenged Dead Zopito Di Cesare left everything to charity. His son, Ivano Ferrante last week filed a Supreme Court writ […]
24/06/2016

Lending to a child? Build Loan Agreement – get back your child’s loan if they divorce

Lending to a Child: Dad loses money when his son divorces The evils of the Presumption of advancement The Australian presumption of law is that where […]
03/06/2016

Is one boy worth two girls?

Fatma is a loving and devout daughter to her mum. However, under her brother’s interpretation of Muslim law, one man is worth two women. Fatma’s brothers […]
25/05/2016

Don’t be quick to write-off bad debts

Instead of writing off your client’s bad debts, what about your clients collect them instead. Prepare Letter of Demand on our law firm’s letterhead together with […]
24/05/2016

How to remove dead Trustees from your SMSF

Removing Trustee and Members from your SMSF There is a good reason in wanting to share your SMSF with others such as your spouse, children, in-laws […]
18/04/2016

Asset Protection strategies

Asset protection Business owners – whether small or large – and professionals face constant exposure to lawsuits and insolvency. Professional Indemnity insurance companies often wiggle out […]
18/04/2016

The most tax effective Business Structures

Business Structures: Family Trusts Trusts for Business Be careful in which “vehicle” you buy or build a business or asset. You can run your business as […]
18/04/2016

Business Succession Planning Manual

Business Succession Planning – Buy/Sell Agreements The importance of Business Succession Planning: there are approximately 2 million small businesses in Australia. Many such businesses operate with more […]
18/04/2016

Estate Planning Manual – avoid the 4 Australian Death Taxes

Every year, Australian taxpayers voluntarily pay the Tax Office millions of dollars in “Death Taxes”. Are you going to be one of them? Proper Estate Planning […]
29/03/2016

Reversionary Pension to love child

Muriel’s husband died a few years ago. At 54 she fell in love again and was the oldest mother in her city. She called her love child […]
27/03/2016

Making the ATO happy – 4 issues to consider for SMSF Investment Strategies

Legal Consolidated prepares pro-forma SMSF Investment Strategies that seek to comply with the ATO’s current perception of best practice. To keep the ATO happy: Keep the […]
02/12/2015

Accountants’ Exemption – who advises on your Super fund now?

(The link to the original Accountants’ Exemption paper is here) Self-Managed Super Funds are big business – and still so after the Accountants’ Exemption The number of SMSFs […]