Why Choose A Self Managed Super Fund?
Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) provide you with more control of your financial future, but can prove to be a compliance minefield if not set up or managed effectively.
Greenhalgh Pickard can assist you by setting up the fund and helping you to meet its administration, tax and legal obligations.
With an understanding that a SMSF is only as good as the trust deed it is founded upon, Greenhalgh Pickhard’s team of accountants and solicitors always carefully construct deeds to meet your needs.
As superannuation is a constantly evolving field and compliance issues can be very costly, Greenhalgh Pickhard can also provide you with all the ongoing advice you require through the life of your SMSF and ensure your fund is fully compliant at all times.
In particular, Andrew Patrick is an accountant with extensive experience in the area of Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.
If you need advice relating to SMSFs, call (07) 5444 1022.
What is an SMSF?
Essentially a small superannuation trust with the primary purpose of providing retirement benefits, with a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund the members themselves act as trustees – meaning they run it, so have complete control including over investments made.
An SMSF is defined as a super fund where:
There are up to four members
All members are trustees (or directors if corporate trustee, with all directors also members)
No trustees receive any remuneration for performing their trustee services
An exception applies for a single-member SMSF, in which case either of the following criteria must be met:
There are two trustees, with one being a member
A company acts as trustee and the member is the sole director of the corporate trustee or one of two directors of the company
Super funds, including SMSFs, receive generous tax concessions as an incentive for people to save for their retirement. Almost anyone can set up a SMSF, however SMSF trustees must follow superannuation laws to receive the tax concessions.
If you need advice relating to SMSFs, call (07) 5444 1022.
Setting Up A SMSF
Setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) can be a great way to take control of your retirement savings. However, there are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge.
First, it’s highly recommended to have at least $200,000 in superannuation assets. This will ensure that your fund is large enough to diversify investments and cover associated costs. Second, you’ll need to be comfortable managing your own investments. This includes monitoring performance, making changes as needed, and keeping up with regulatory requirements.
Finally, you’ll need to understand the tax implications of running an SMSF. While there are some potential benefits, it’s important to speak with an accountant or financial adviser before making any decisions. With a little preparation, setting up an SMSF can be a great way to take control of your retirement savings.
What SMSF Accounting Involves
SMSF accounting is the process of calculating and reporting the financial performance of a self-managed superannuation fund. This includes preparing financial statements, recording transactions and managing tax compliance.
The SMSF accountant is responsible for ensuring that the fund’s assets are accurately valued and that all expenses are properly accounted for. In addition, the accountant must prepare regular reports on the fund’s investment performance and provide advice to the trustees on how to best manage the fund’s finances.
While SMSF accounting can be complex, it is essential for ensuring that the fund is run efficiently and in accordance with regulations.
Why Hire An SMSF Accountant?
Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are a popular way to save for retirement, but they also come with a high level of responsibility. As the trustee of an SMSF, you are responsible for ensuring that the fund is compliant with all relevant legislation.
This includes keeping accurate records, preparing financial statements, and lodging annual returns. Setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF) is a big decision. Not only do you need to comply with a complex web of regulations, but you also need to make sure that your fund is run efficiently and effectively.
An SMSF accountant can help to take on some of this administrative burden, freeing up your time to focus on other aspects of the fund.
An accountant can also provide valuable guidance on investment strategies and tax planning. As such, hiring an SMSF accountant can be a wise move for anyone looking to establish or maintain a successful self-managed superannuation fund.
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