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Salomone Accountants is a specialist accounting firm situated in Milton, providing accounting, taxation and compliance services to small and large businesses, professional individuals, property investors and share investors primarily in the suburbs Red Hill, Milton, Spring Hill and Rosalie of Brisbane.

We provide professional accounting and tax services to individuals, businesses, retirees and self-managed super fund trustees. Most of our clients are locals from the Brisbane suburbs of Red Hill, Spring Hill, Milton and Rosalie.

The Milton team at Salomone Accountants delivers services including preparing financial statements, tax returns and cash flow budgets that go beyond compliance to meet the tailored needs of our clients. Our services are designed to offer you strategies to build your revenue, maximise your profits and grow your personal wealth.

Salomone Accountants provide specialised advice in the establishment and administration of a self-managed super fund (SMSF). We are experienced in mentoring business start-ups to help fast track your business to success. Our expertise covers a range of industries, in particular, property investors, small and large businesses, professional individuals and share investors.

Our professional team of Milton based accountants are dedicated to extensive professional development to ensure you receive timely and accurate accounting and tax advice. Our services extend to business planning strategies to best meet the strategic needs for small to large sized businesses. We pride ourselves on our hands on practical approach to business, tax and financial services. As we work with you to use the right accounting software, you will find fast turnarounds on compliance based work and tax returns.

At Salomone Accountants, we aim to deliver personal service every time with our accessible Milton location, after hour appointments and ongoing communication. If you are interested in taking a more innovative approach to your accounting, tax, business and financial needs call us today on 07 3367 0999.

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How Do You Make Sure Your Super Goes To The Right Person When You Die?

November 22, 2021

What happens to your super when you die? It might not be a question that has cropped up in many people’s minds, but it is something that you should be concerned about.

Upon the untimely death of someone, their superannuation may be one of the elements of the estate that can be bequeathed and divided between their loved ones (trustees of the estate and beneficiaries. 

This is not done through your will though, as it isn’t automatically included unless specific instructions have been given to your super fund. Often this is done through a binding death benefit nomination. These payments are usually paid out in lump sum payments and split between beneficiaries as dictated by the deceased.

However, like any property or asset that can be challenged, the death benefits from superannuation and SMSF can be a legal quandary if the appropriate succession planning measures have not been put into place.

Death benefits are one of the most commonly occurring legal issues that plague the superannuation and SMSF sector for individuals. Many court cases involving death benefits are the result of poor succession planning, as individuals who were not stated to be recipients of the payments miss out on what may be supposed to be theirs.

In the event of an individual’s death, the deceased’s dependent can be paid a death benefit payment as either a super income stream or a lump sum. The non-dependants of the deceased can only be paid in a lump sum. The form of the death benefit payment (and who receives it) will depend on the governing rules of your fund and the relevant requirements of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR).

If succession planning around who the superannuation is to be left to is in place by the deceased, those who may be classed as dependents and non-dependents can become legally blurred.

In any event, dependents are defined differently depending on what kind of law they are being examined under (superannuation law and taxation law).

Under superannuation law, a death benefits dependant includes:

Under taxation law, a death benefits dependant includes:

Depending on the type of law that the beneficiary is classified under affects how they can interact with the death benefits.

How Do I Make Sure My Beneficiaries Will Receive The Death Benefits That I Want Them To Have? 

Death benefit payments need to be nominated by the holder of the superfund, as superannuation is not automatically included in your will. If you fail to make a nomination, your super fund may decide who receives your super money regardless of who is in your will.

That’s why succession planning is important when it comes to death benefits, no matter the situation. Even if you are at your healthiest, you’ll want to be prepared for any eventuality.

To get your succession planning right, here are 5 tips that will help you during the process.