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    Keep up to date with the latest news for SMSF trustees and professionals. New information is published here regularly, so be the first to know by subscribing to our Super email updates and RSS news feeds. News articles are generally removed after three months.

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    September updates

    24 September 2018
    Being an SMSF trustee comes with significant responsibilities
    Becoming a trustee of a self-managed super fund (SMSF) comes with significant responsibilities. It's a major financial decision and there can be penalties for getting things wrong.

    21 September 2018
    Cryptocurrency and tax
    We have recently updated guidelines on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies, following feedback from community consultation. If your self-managed super fund (SMSF) is transacting with cryptocurrency, ensure you are aware of the related tax obligations.

    7 September 2018
    Dana Fleming brings a wealth of experience to ATO SMSF leadership role
    New ATO Assistant Commissioner Dana Fleming brings over 25 years’ tax experience to the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) portfolio.

    August updates

    28 August 2018
    Does your SMSF have a unique bank account and electronic service address?
    SMSFs should have a unique bank account for receiving super payments and an active electronic service address (ESA) registered with an SMSF messaging provider.

    16 August 2018
    Law Companion Ruling for the FHSS scheme
    Law Companion Ruling (LCR) 2018/5 First home super saver scheme has been published. It provides guidance on how an individual can boost their savings for their first home within super.

    14 August 2018
    What to do when your member has received an ETB determination
    If you have a self-managed super fund (SMSF), find out what to do if one of your members receives an excess transfer balance (ETB) determination from us, in this step-by-step guide.

    Previous updates

    10 July 2018
    Illegal early release of super
    We have issued a media release warning the public that we have recently seen promoters encouraging people to illegally access their super early.

    28 June 2018
    Is establishing an SMSF right for you?
    Practical tips for individuals considering starting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF), based on the recently published Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) report Improving the quality of advice and member experiences.

    28 June 2018
    SMSFs and one-stop property shops
    Individuals considering a self-managed super fund (SMSF) and current trustees are strongly encouraged to seek independent professional advice from a licensed adviser before establishing an SMSF and before undertaking any new investment in an SMSF.

    25 June 2018
    If in doubt seek professional advice
    In our latest podcast, Deputy Commissioner James O'Halloran, alongside John Maroney, CEO of the SMSF Association, discusses the things self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees and professionals should look out for ahead of the end of the financial year.

    21 June 2018
    SMSF event-based reporting framework starts 1 July
    From 1 July 2018, all self-managed super funds (SMSFs) must report events that affect their members' transfer balances using the Transfer balance account report (TBAR). Read the latest information on our website and ensure you are ready.

    14 June 2018
    SMSF News Alert 2018/3: advice for funds where members have a market-linked pension
    This advice is for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) who have members with market-linked pensions that have been commuted, resulting in the member having a transfer balance account debit of nil.

    13 June 2018
    SMSFs to provide an accumulation phase value in certain circumstances
    SMSFs will need to provide an accumulation phase value (APV) on a transfer balance account report (TBAR) for 30 June 2017 if the SMSF member has no interest in the accumulation or retirement phase at any time of the year.

    7 June 2018
    Self-managed super fund annual return changes in 2017-18
    Following the super changes that came into effect on 1 July 2017, there are a number of changes to the 2017-18 Self-managed super fund annual return (SAR).

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