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Flexible learning for SMSF practitioners, seasoned professionals and aspiring SMSF Specialists
Brush up on your SMSF knowledge or upskill and build on the skills you need to kickstart your SMSF career. The new standalone SMSF modules encompass a broad selection of single modules spanning a range of topics for new and aspiring SMSF practitioners, all the way up to experienced SMSF professionals.
Developed for the SMSF Specialist Advisor and SMSF Specialist Auditor programs, each interactive module has the latest information and resources; and covers technical topics such as SMSF regulatory framework, contribution standards, members interests and preservation standards, investing in SMSFs, audit engagement and independence, audit planning and risk, fraud, auditor reporting, and much more.
Refresh your knowledge on a specific topic by completing a single module, or complete a selection of modules to upskill and build on your SMSF capabilities as you progress in your career.
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OVERVIEW The key to specialising in self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) is to understand how legislation interacts and how the various regulators of the superannuation industry interpret the law. While there are many pieces of Commonwealth and state legislation that are relevant to superannuation, two Acts and their associated Regulations, are
OVERVIEW Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees have ultimate control over the investments of the fund, so long as all investments are made in conjunction with the fund’s investment strategy, the sole purpose test and within the investment restrictions outlined in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth) (SIS Act) and
OVERVIEW This module explores a complying superannuation fund’s taxation obligations. It considers the taxation of contributions, the applicable capital gains tax (CGT) provisions, how foreign transfers are treated and ordinary income. This module also identifies income from transactions that are not maintained on an arm’s-length basis and imposes a higher
OVERVIEW All superannuation members have an interest in their superannuation fund. For self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) members, these interests are a single accumulation interest and/or single or multiple pension interests. This module defines an interest is an SMSF and explains the preservation status of a members’ benefit. The module also
OVERVIEW This module considers the features of a member account and how a member can access their money. It also discusses how money can be taken either as a superannuation lump sum or as an income stream and how both lump sum and pension payments are proportioned between taxable and
OVERVIEW This module provides the final overlay of taxation on benefit payments. Having identified the components of a member’s interest, the proportioning that applies to benefit payments and the types of benefits that can be paid, the final step is to determine how much tax is to be paid on
OVERVIEW This module provides the relevant references to paying benefits from a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) in the event of the death of a member. It revisits the trustee requirements on death, the benefit payment options and references the appropriate taxation. The module also investigates the ways in which a
OVERVIEW This module looks at the steps to establish a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) as a regulated superannuation fund in order to become a complying superannuation fund entitled to tax concessions. The module identifies the trustee covenants that all trustees must abide by and are deemed to be incorporated into
OVERVIEW Contributions require a thorough understanding of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) (SIS Regulations), and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA 97) and Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997 as they provide the rules on making and accepting contributions, and determine the taxation treatment, designation and deductibility.
SMSF Audit Module
OVERVIEW The module Being an SMSF auditor is the starting point for both the aspiring and experienced auditor. It outlines both the initial and ongoing requirements that need to be met by SMSF auditors, including the application of the independence
OVERVIEW The module ‘Conducting the Audit – Part A’ examines the processes and procedures performed by the auditor when auditing the financial statements. Some of the questions answered are: How do audit procedures differ where the prior year audit was
OVERVIEW The module Audit Standards examines the framework for conducting an SMSF audit as provided within the Audit and Assurance Engagement Standards. The module explores the structure and interpretation of the auditing standards following adoption of the ‘Clarity’ format, and
OVERVIEW The module Preliminary engagement activities covers the acceptance and continuance procedures for both new or continuing audit engagements. This includes the satisfaction of fundamental ethical requirements, quality control procedures and independence assessments. Where auditors complete all SMSF audits for
OVERVIEW The module Audit Planning and Risk covers the preparation of the audit strategy, the audit plan, identification and assessment of risk and the key concept of materiality. The module also covers the different types of audit evidence and the
OVERVIEW The Part B compliance audit requires an in-depth knowledge of investment rules contained in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and supporting regulations. The SMSF auditor must not only be familiar with the rules but must also remain alert
OVERVIEW The Part B compliance audit requires consideration of several compliance matters, including: Fund structural and residency requirements Contributions and benefit payments In completing this part of the engagement, the SMSF auditor needs a thorough understanding of both superannuation and