SMSF Alert: August 2013.

This month’s key developments: Tough stance to be taken on pension documentation Threat to practice of delaying capital gains until after pension tax exemption kicks in Tax Office finalises ruling on pension tax exemption after member’s death Since 1 July we’ve seen a promise by our Treasurer, Mr Bowen, to end the Government’s ‘death by a thousand cuts’ approach to the super system (in the form of a 5 year moratorium on change). But outside of the political sphere, it’s mainly been Australian Tax Office (ATO) rulings, determinations and announcements. Don’t leave it too late to request a pension...

Since 1 July we’ve seen a promise by our Treasurer, Mr Bowen, to end the Government’s ‘death by a thousand cuts’ approach to the super system (in the form of a 5 year moratorium on change). But outside of the political sphere, it’s mainly been Australian Tax Office (ATO) rulings, determinations and announcements.

A new focus of the ATO is the targeting of pension documentation. The ATO has said it will enforce its strict views on the 'commencement date' of a pension.

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