Has the Govt over-complicated estate planning?

12 January 2018

The Government’s succession of Budget-related superannuation changes have had an enormous impact on estate planning that was not recognised at the time they were introduced, according to the SMSF Association.

SMSF Association chief executive, John Maroney said the SMSF industry was still working through what represented far-reaching policy and legislative changes which took effect on 1 July, last year, and which had fundamentally altered the landscape for SMSF members and advisers.

He said this was particularly the case with respect to areas such as estate planning and death benefits.

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“In the lead up to 1 July 2017, the industry’s focus was on optimising contributions and reducing pension accounts to under $1.6 million as well as considering CGT relief for those affected by the transfer balance cap and transition to retirement changes,” Maroney said. “A consequence of this understandable focus on these issues requiring immediate action was less attention being paid to the longer-term strategic consequences of the changes.

He said that now the industry had had time to reflect on the changes, it had recognised the enormous impact on estate planning that was not appreciated at the time the changes were introduced.

“It’s also had the effect of making death benefits, always a complex issue, even more complex,” Maroney said. “The reality now is that SMSF members who fail to appreciate what these changes mean, or fail to get specialist advice, could find themselves being forced to move money out of superannuation.”

Maroney says that the transfer balance cap, total superannuation balances and SMSF event-based reporting are all new concepts that advisers and SMSF members are working on together.

“There is no doubt these changes have increased the complexity and compliance burden of the system, although the Association’s concerns have been allayed somewhat following detailed discussions with the ATO and the Government.

“But the increased complexity can’t be denied, and advisers are urged to speak regularly with their clients, to streamline and assess their processes, and take every opportunity to increase their technical knowledge.”

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Over Complicated ODwyer strikes again.
At every turn and corner in the advice world we are finding soooo many complex over complicated situations for clients due to the ill planned and non collaborated massive Super changes. ODwyers smugness as thinking she knows all is costing clients and advisers tens of millions of dollars because the changes were rushed and not discussed with industry on how best to achieve the policy goals. Quite simply ODwyer stinks and we would all be far better off if she went back to NAB.
But wait it continues, FASEA are you for real. I demand that all politicians have to go and get a degree in common sense and ethics. And no ODwyer your past law degree counts as nothing, as you have said of my past Economics and Business Law degree, Adv DFP, SMSF Specialist, Estate Planning specialists, 19 years adviser experience, 13 years AFSL responsible manager experience, 19 years CPD and the $50k in education costs the government now tells me is worth nothing.
ODwyer, get real !!!!

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