Know the rules for accessing superannuation

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Superannuation is a vital source of income in retirement, and it’s essential to ensure that you understand the rules for accessing it. As an SMSF trustee, you have a responsibility to ensure that your SMSF is operated solely for the purpose of providing retirement benefits for its members. This means that you cannot use funds from your SMSF to pay for personal or business expenses, as doing so is known as ‘illegal early access’ of superannuation.

The ATO has recently released a factsheet to help SMSF trustees understand the rules surrounding SMSFs and ensure compliance with them. This factsheet covers several topics, including the rules on accessing your superannuation and what you can invest in when dealing with a related party.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that there are strict rules regarding when and how you can access your superannuation. For example, you can only access your superannuation once you reach preservation age and have retired or have met another condition of release.

The ATO also reminds SMSF trustees that there are rules regarding what they can invest in when dealing with a related party. In general, you cannot invest in assets that are not at arm’s length from the SMSF, as this can lead to conflicts of interest and potential breaches of the rules.

It’s crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest rules and regulations surrounding SMSFs to ensure that you’re making informed decisions and avoiding costly penalties. By following the guidelines provided by the ATO, you can help ensure that your SMSF is being run in compliance with the law, and that you’re able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.

Remember, ignorance of the law is not a defense, and severe penalties can apply for non-compliance. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the rules surrounding SMSFs, it’s always best to seek professional advice.

Let us help you navigate the complexities of superannuation and ensure that your SMSF is being operated in compliance with the rules. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert advisors.

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