SMSF residency issues

National Conference 2020

SMSFs are a popular structure when considered in light of the Australian superannuation provisions. It is these provisions that can cause issues for SMSF members however when their own residency and the residency of the SMSF are considered.

Given the penalty for an SMSF ceasing to be an Australian superannuation fund is punitive, it is imperative that as advisers we are aware of how the rules operate and alerting clients to the risks and the strategies to mitigate those risks. In this session, Jemma will explore:

  • The legislative framework and the areas that the biggest issues are encountered;
  • How the “safe harbour” in TR 2008/9 operates;
  • You’re in or you’re out – the lack of discretion regarding the active member test;
  • What are “high level” decisions?;
  • How to manage the risks, and;
  • Other considerations and strategies with respect to the definition of an Australian Superannuation Fund.

At the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of the definition of an Australian Superannuation Fund and when they may be breached;
  • Consider strategies to mitigate the risk for international SMSF members, and;
  • Understand and apply the safe harbour guidance.

The contents of this resource are taken to be correct at the time of publication.

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