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ATO targeting SMSF non-compliance

The Tax Office is warning SMSF trustees that they will be contacting SMSFs that have not regularly complied with their lodgment obligations.

The ATO is reminding trustees that lodging an SMSF annual return is an obligation and failure to do so is a breach of super laws.

To avoid penalties, the Tax Office is urging SMSF trustees to bring their lodgments up to date as soon as possible.

Trustees who cannot meet any deadlines will risk becoming disqualified as a trustee for persistent non-lodgment, their SMSF may be made non-compliant and the ATO will raise default assessments.

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Basics of SMSF investing

January 21, 2021

Setting up an SMSF fund is the simplest step. Establishing a fund which delivers you consistent returns from your investments is much more difficult.

Investing successfully involves determining precise goals and picking investments which will effectively achieve those goals. The advantage of SMSFs is that you can build a portfolio which reflects your short-term and long-term goals in response to changing market conditions.

In an SMSF fund, your investment options are:

Before you begin investing, consider what might be the best way to diversify your portfolio. How you portion your investments will depend on your funds, the market, and your goals. Regardless of what your plan is, diversification should be a priority.

Choosing an SMSF as opposed to an industry or retail super fund provides you with more flexibility, but also with more responsibility. Researching before investing is key if you want the best out of your SMSF.