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Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF)

Self Managed Superannuation Funds

Is an SMSF right for me and how can CMA help me?

What is a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF)?

An SMSF is a private superannuation fund that you manage yourself, regulated by the Australian Taxation Office. SMSFs can have up to four members. All members must be trustees (or directors if there is a corporate trustee) and the trustees are responsible for the decisions made by the fund. If you have an SMSF, you are responsible for managing it and complying with all relevant laws.

The benefits of an SMSF

It is generally agreed that there are a number of benefits of an SMSF.

Control - the trustees make the decisions and therefore can determine where their money is invested.

Asset allocation – it follows that if the trustees have the choice of where their money is invested then they also have more control over the asset allocation of their funds with access to Australian shares, international shares, direct property, indirect property, term deposits and other income investments. Generally all superannuation funds are restricted from borrowing, other than in some exceptional circumstances. However, the laws provide that investments (usually property) can be acquired whereby the SMSF also enters into a borrowing arrangement and this can provide a significant advantage to an SMSF. The process needs careful consideration beforehand to ensure that the relevant compliance issues are met as part of the process.

Tax strategies – income tax laws apply to all superannuation funds and the rates of taxation presently range from 0% to 15%. By careful consideration of tax strategies and other planning options you are in the best position to minimise the taxation that applies on your investments.

Transparency – your SMSF provides you with better transparency concerning investment decisions and gives complete visibility over taxation treatment.

Cost – the costs of running and administering the fund are not based on a percentage of the value of the fund. Administration costs are generally related to the time taken to prepare reports and address relevant compliance matters. An audit is required and again, the cost is related to the requirements of the Australian Taxation Office as regulator and not to the value of the fund. The asset allocation may have some impact on the overall audit cost. Investment costs relate to the type and frequency of transactions.

How CMA can help with your SMSF

Our service levels are aimed to work with the Trustees of the superannuation fund to provide you with the level of support that you require. This may involve providing administration and compliance services, liaising with investment providers (including stock brokers, estate agents), or providing a total service of strategy, investment and compliance.

As part of your SMSF journey we can help with:

Establishing your fund:

  • Trust Deeds
  • Member applications
  • Trustee Minute/Resolutions
  • Application to ATO for TFN & ABN registration (and GST registration if a commercial property is included in the investment portfolio)

Annual Compliance Services

  • Preparation of annual financial statements in compliance with AAS25
  • Preparation of annual income tax & regulatory return
  • Member statements
  • Arrange for the annual financial & compliance audit

Portfolio Administration Services

  • Processing of fund transactions
  • Providing investment reporting, including Capital Gains Tax position
  • Attending to Annual Compliance Services
  • Take care of all fund correspondence
  • Fund trustees maintain full control of bank account & investment decisions

Pension advice

  • Advice on all forms of pensions from our pension specialists
  • Preparation of draft trustee minutes/resolutions
  • Calculation of allocated pension parameters
  • Liaising with consulting actuaries (where necessary)
  • Preparation of all ATO forms
  • Preparation of monthly/quarterly IAS regarding PAYG withholding tax remittance
  • Conversion of your fund from Accumulation phase to Pension phase
  • Obtaining annual solvency certificate from an actuary (where applicable)
  • Preparation of annual PAYGWH statements
  • Calculation of pension parameters for the forthcoming year

Superannuation Advisory Services

  • Complying fund investments
  • Structuring of funds and pensions
  • Salary packaging
  • Redundancy packaging
  • Retirement structuring
  • Superannuation Law Interpretation – We can provide technical support and opinions specific to your circumstances in relation to superannuation matters concerning SIS or ITAA compliance


All services are provided on a “time costed” basis and so trustees can influence the cost by ensuring that all information required to administer the fund is provided on a timely and an efficient basis. The tasks are matched to the level of skill required to provide the service/advice.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how we, at CMA Financial Services, can help you maximise your opportunities to grow your wealth through your Self Managed Superannuation Fund.