SMSF Audit

SMSF supervisory levy

SMSF supervisory levy fact sheet

Up to 1 July 2013, the SMSF supervisory levy is payable for the financial year to which the self-managed super fund annual return (SAR) relates.

From 1 July 2013, the levy will be payable for the financial year in which the annual return is due – for example when you lodge your 2014-15 annual return, you will pay the levy for 2015-16 financial year. This is consistent with the rules for Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) regulated funds.

In order to bring collections forward, transitional provisions apply to the levy for the 2013-14 financial year so that it is payable in two instalments and collected upon lodgment of the 2013 SAR and the 2014 SAR.

The annual SMSF levy will also increase from $191 in 2012–13 to $259 from 2013–14. The levy will still be collected when the SAR is lodged.

How much will I have to pay per financial year?

The following table provides a summary of payments per financial year for existing and ongoing funds.

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Maintaining a healthy SMSF sector – Improving the quality of advice

 

Maintaining a healthy SMSF sector – Improving the quality of advice

ASIC today released Report 337 SMSFs: Improving the quality of advice given to investors (REP 337). The report summarises the findings from the first major project undertaken by ASIC’s Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) taskforce.

Key points:

  • ASIC has reviewed over 100 pieces of SMSF advice provided to investors
  • Although the majority of advice was adequate, ASIC found pockets of poor advice
  • ASIC’s report contains a number of practical tips advisors can use to improve the quality of SMSF advice

Self-managed super funds represent the fastest growing superannuation sector in Australia, with $439 billion assets held by funds.

ASIC Commissioner Peter Kell said ‘ASIC has ramped up its attention on a sector that is of growing importance to more Australian investors. We want to help ensure that we have a healthy SMSF sector.’ 

‘The decision to establish an SMSF is one of the most significant steps an investor can take in relation to their retirement savings. It involves taking greater personal responsibility for retirement investments. ASIC therefore wants to make sure those investors can be confident they can obtain good quality advice through gatekeepers such as accountants and financial planners,’ Commissioner Kell said. 

‘At the very least, investors need to understand the time, resources, compliance obligations and risks associated with do-it-yourself superannuation, before moving their superannuation savings out of an APRA-regulated environment,’ he said.

 

To read more click here for ASIC web link 

 

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Applying for an ABN for Self-Managed Super Fund

 

Applying for an ABN for Self-Managed Super Fund

The ATO has issued a fact sheet setting out how superannuation entities should apply for an ABN (NAT 2944). The fact sheet also contains the instructions for completing the application, with funds able to apply for an ABN either via the Australian Business Register at abr.gov.au, or by ordering a paper copy online or ringing 1300 720 092.

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Valuation guidelines for self-managed superannuation funds

This guide is designed to help you as a self -managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustee when valuing assets for super purposes. It is not a comprehensive handbook about valuations.

This guide does not take away your responsibility to manage investments prudently. You must ensure the fund’s investment strategy is reviewed regularly and takes into account the retirement goals of its members.

Summary

Table 1: Summary of valuation requirements

 

Event Requirement
Preparing the SMSF financial accounts and statements Assets should be reported at market value.The valuation should be based on objective and supportable data.
Collectables and personal use assets – acquired after 1 July 2011Transfer or sale to a related party Must be made at a market price determined by a qualified independent valuer.
Collectables and personal use assets – acquired before 1 July 2011Transfer or sale to a related party For the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2016 transfers to related parties do not require valuation by a qualified independent valuer. However, these transfers should be made at an arm’s length price that is based on objective and supportable data.From 1 July 2016 transfers to related party must be made at a market price determined by a qualified independent valuer.
Transfers between SMSFs and related parties Acquisitions of permitted assets must be made at market value.Disposals of assets must be made on an arm’s length basis.
Transfers between SMSFs and unrelated parties A valuation is not required however the transfer must occur atarm’s length.
Determining the value of assets that support a super pension The account balance needs to be determined on the commencement day of the pension or, for ongoing pensions, on 1 July of the financial year in which the pension is paid.An annual valuation is generally not required unless there has been event that significantly affects the value of the asset.The valuation should be based on objective and supportable data.
Testing whether the market value of the SMSF’s in-house assets exceed 5% of the value of total assets held by the fund The value of a fund’s total assets needs to be determined on 30 June of the financial year the in-house assets are held.An annual valuation is generally not required unless there has been event that significantly affects the value of the asset.The valuation should be based on objective and supportable data.

Checklist for obtaining valuations

Some assets must be valued in a particular way – these are summarised in table 2. For more detail, see Specific requirements for asset classes.

Table 2: Events and valuations requirements

 

Event Valuation requirement
Preparation of SMSF financial accounts and statements. Based on objective and supportable data
Collectables and personal use assets – acquired after 1 July 2011 and transferred or sold to a related party after that date Qualified independent valuer
Collectables and personal use assets – acquired before 1 July 2011 and transferred or sold to a related party before 1 July 2016 Transfer made at arm’s length pricethat is based on objective and supportable data
Collectables and personal use assets – acquired before 1 July 2011 and transferred or sold to a related party from 1 July 2016 Qualified independent valuer
Acquisition of an asset from a related party of the fund Acquired at market value that is based on objective and supportable data
Disposal of an asset to a related party of the fund Sale price should reflect a true market rate of return
Testing whether the market value of the SMSF’s in-house assetsexceeds 5% of the value of its total assets. Based on objective and supportable data
Determining the value of assets that support a super pension or income stream. Based on objective and supportable data

We recommend the use of a qualified independent valuer where the value of the asset represents a significant proportion of the fund’s value or the nature of the asset indicates that the valuation is likely to be complex.

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Collectables and personal use assets – questions and answers

Overview

 

On 1 July 2011 rules were introduced into the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act) for self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) investments in collectables and personal use assets.

These rules took effect on 1 July 2011. They apply to all collectable and personal use asset investments made by SMSFs on or after that date. If your SMSF held an investment in a collectable or personal use asset prior to 1 July 2011, it has until 1 July 2016 to comply with the rules. This transitional period provides SMSF trustees with existing investments in collectables and personal use assets time to comply with the rules.

What are collectables and personal use assets?

Section 62A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act) provides that the regulations may make rules in relation to trustees of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) making, holding and realising investments involving collectables and personal use assets.

Regulation 13.18AA (1) specifies the assets that are taken to be collectables and personal use assets as:

  • artwork (within the meaning of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA97))
  • jewellery
  • antiques
  • artefacts
  • coins, medallions or bank notes
  • postage stamps or first day covers
  • rare folios, manuscripts or books
  • memorabilia
  • wine or spirits
  • motor vehicles
  • recreational boats
  • memberships of sporting or social clubs.

Artwork is defined as a painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving or photograph, a reproduction of such a thing, or property of a similar description or use. Coins and bank notes are collectables if their value exceeds their face value. Spirits includes, but is not limited to, whiskey, gin, vodka, tequila, brandy and rum. Motor vehicles include, but are not limited to, motor cars and motor cycles.

So, what are the rules?

As previously noted, it is important to remember the rules do not replace or supersede any existing requirements imposed by superannuation law in respect of your fund’s investments. That is, your fund is still required to comply with all existing legislative requirements, including the sole purpose provisions.

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Self-managed super fund statistical report – September 2012

 

SMSF population table – annual data

This table contains details of the number of SMSFs that were established or wound up during each financial year. Establishment date is the date when an SMSF is deemed by the super law to come into existence and can be different from the date the SMSF registers with us.

Wind ups include both those initiated by trustees and those as a result of ATO compliance and cleansing activity. Those initiated by the trustees refer to the year the fund actually winds up rather than the date this advice is received by us. Net establishments are calculated as establishments less wind ups.

Total number of SMSFs is calculated as the number of SMSFs as at the end of the previous financial year plus net establishments for the financial year.

The number of members of SMSFs is estimated based on SMSF return form data, with the estimates for June 2012 extrapolated from 2010-11 data.

The data was extracted on 10 October 2012.

Jun-04 Jun-05 Jun-06 Jun-07 Jun-08 Jun-09 Jun-10 Jun-11 Jun-12
Establishments 30,548 23,049 24,575 45,666 31,614 32,586 29,913 33,139 36,270
Wind ups 4,757 5,052 4,999 4,612 6,018 8,582 14,699 5,108 994
Net establishments 25,791 17,997 19,576 41,054 25,596 24,004 15,214 28,031 35,276
Total number of SMSFs 271,515 289,512 309,088 350,142 375,738 399,742 414,956 442,987 478,263
Total members of SMSFs 523,990 558,887 593,591 668,011 712,917 759,271 792,827 846,227 913,550
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Expanded super reporting

Expanded super reporting

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Revised reporting obligations will require superannuation providers to provide statements to us for all members who held an interest in the superannuation plan at any time during a reporting period, not just those for whom contributions were receive
The purpose is to support a range of super reform measures, including enhanced online services for individuals and funds, consolidation of super (within a fund and between funds) and the increased concessional contributions cap for members over 50 whose interests or accounts are valued at less than $500,000 (from 1 July 2014).

Legislation and supporting material

Superannuation Laws Amendment (Capital Gains Tax Relief and Other Efficiency Measures) Bill 2012and Explanatory Memorandum was tabled in parliament on 19 September 2012.

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Self Managed Super Fund set-up

Self Managed Super Fund set-up 

When Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) is set-up and requires first year of the audit, please contact us to provide you with special discount.

If you are a accountant, advisor or administrator looking for competitive audit fee package to get edge in the market place contact us today to discuss your requirements.

 

 

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SMSF – Trustee Obligations and Prudential Standards

Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Obligations and Prudential Standards) Act 2012
- C2012A00117
 

Schedule 1—Trustee obligations

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993

1  Subsection 10(1)

Insert:

enhanced director obligations, for MySuper products, means the obligations imposed by:

(a)  section 29VO; and

(b)  covenants prescribed under section 54A that are specified in the regulations as forming part of the enhanced director obligations.

2  Subsection 10(1)

Insert:

enhanced trustee obligations, for MySuper products, means the obligations imposed by:

(a)  covenants referred to in section 52, as enhanced by the obligations imposed under section 29VN; and

(b)  covenants prescribed under section 54A that are specified in the regulations as forming part of the enhanced trustee obligations.

 

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Are SMSF audits too expensive?

Self-managed super funds: A statistical overview 2009-10

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Table 21: 2010 SMSF audit fees

This table illustrates average and median SMSF audit fees reported on the 2010 SMSF annual return. It also distinguishes SMSFs whose auditors performed additional services for the fund and those who only performed the audit service.

These figures are estimated based on SMSF income tax and regulatory return form data.

Auditor provided other services

Average audit fee

Median audit fee

Yes

$882

$550

No

$571

$468

Total

$607

$490

Note: The data for this table excludes those SMSFs that did not report an audit fee >$0 in their 2010 Annual Return.

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SMSF AUDIT FEE EXPENSIVE SMSF AUDIT MELBOURNE SMSF AUDIT SYDNEY SMSF AUDIT AUSTRALIA SELF MANAGED SUPER FUNDS AUDIT

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SPAA Specialist Auditor

SPAA Specialist Auditor

Shiv Parihar is a SPAA accredited SMSF Specialist Auditor™. He provides SMSF auditing services independently, conflict free and in accordance with professional audit standards.