DBA Lawyers Podcast

Join Australia’s top SMSF lawyers as they dive into important issues facing the SMSF industry.

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and William Fettes, Senior Associate, dive into the history of BDBNs and discuss some common BDBN strategies as well as practical tips and traps to be aware of.

Zac and Will  discuss where the term ‘BDBN’ originated from and where it derives its technical meaning. With respect to SMSFs, a BDBN is a product of the deed and the governing rules set out in the deed.

Zac and Will also discuss the importance of a fund’s full document trail with respect to BDBN strategies. If there are deficiencies in a fund’s document trail, this may possibly render a BDBN and other strategies invalid. Accordingly, the integrity of the fund’s full document trail is a relevant factor when preparing BDBN strategies as well as other succession planning strategies.

Finally, Zac and Will answer some frequently asked questions about BDBNs and discuss some of the common problems that are observed when reviewing BDBNs.

William will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 8 October 2021 and will be covering the topic of BDBNs in more detail. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and William Fettes, Senior Associate

30 September 2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Shaun Backhaus, Senior Associate, discuss the latest changes contributions, super guarantee (SG) changes and the need to review and update salary sacrifice arrangements.

Zac and Shaun discuss the recent ATO publication CRT Alert 009/2021 that allows individuals to re-contribute amounts withdrawn under the COVID-19 early release of super scheme without them counting towards their non-concessional contributions cap.

Zac and Shaun also discuss the importance of reviewing salary sacrifice arrangements in light of the recent SG changes and the increase in concessional contribution cap. The recent changes means that many employers with existing salary sacrifice arrangements could have fall short in paying their employees the SG minimums. It is important that employers review salary sacrifice arrangements to ensure that there is no shortfall, as the consequences for not paying the SG minimums are serious and include hefty penalties.

Finally, Zac and Shaun discuss how super contributions can be paid for children under the age of 18.

Shaun will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 10 September 2021 and will be covering contribution strategies, recent changes plus more. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Shaun Backhaus, Senior Associate

30 August 2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, discuss the latest changes for SMSF rollovers, salary sacrifice arrangements and the importance of having an SMSF deed prepared by a qualified lawyer.

Zac and Dan discuss the latest in changes for SMSF rollovers. From 1 October 2021, most SMSF rollovers will be via the SuperStream electronic exchange data and payment system apart from in specie and partial rollovers. Rollovers from an SMSF to other superannuation funds (eg, retail and industry superannuation funds) and from other superannuation funds to an SMSF must be processed via SuperStream. SMSF rollovers will also be subject to the strict time frames that apply to rollovers in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) which may prove to be problematic for SMSFs.

Zac and Dan also discuss the importance of reviewing salary sacrifice arrangements in light of the recent increase in concessional contribution cap and super guarantee changes .

Finally, Zac and Dan discuss the importance of having an SMSF deed prepared by a lawyer and some of the features of the latest DBA Lawyers SMSF deed.

Dan will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 6 August 2021 and will be covering the latest non-arm’s length income ruling recently published by the ATO LCR 2021/2. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director

30 July  2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, discuss what is new in the world of pensions following the Federal Budget announcements on 11 May 2021.

Bryce shares some practical tips for commuting and restarting a pension prior to or on 1 July. Bryce also discusses the legislative fix to assist those seeking to rollover death benefits in order to start a pension.

Zac and Bryce also discuss the latest changes to legacy pensions announced in the Federal Budget for 2021-2022. Broadly, the changes will ‘allow individuals to exit a specified range of legacy retirement products, together with any associated reserves, for a two-year period’ and that ‘[t]he allocations and the commuted reserves will be taxed as an assessable contribution.’

Bryce will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 9 July 2021 and will be covering the latest in pensions, changes for legacy pensions plus much more. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel

30 June  2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, discuss non-lapsing BDBNs and the special tax treatment of SMSFs.

Zac and Dan discuss non-lapsing BDBNs and examine the recent case of Hill v Zuda [2021] WASCA 59. Importantly, this case upheld prior decisions that confirm that the 3-year sunset rule on BDBNs does not apply to SMSFs .

Zac and Dan also discuss the special tax treatment of an SMSF and in particular, examine capital gains, property development and pensions.

Dan will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 4 June2021 and will be covering maximising contributions, contribution reserving, year end tax planning, recent cases plus much more. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director

31 May 2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer, discuss SMSFs investing in unit trusts including 50-50 unit trusts and non-geared unit trusts (NGUT).

Unit trusts are a popular investment vehicle for SMSFs as it allows for SMSFs to enter into investments with both related and unrelated parties. There are various risks that must be managed when an SMSF invests in a unit trust and these are often overlooked. In this episode of the podcast, Zac and Shaun give a broad overview as to what some of the most common traps are and how the risks can be mitigated.

Zac and Shaun also discuss the relevant tests to ‘delicately’ manage with a 50-50 unit trust such as the control and sufficient influence test, the requirements that must be continually met for a  NGUT, as well as how a unitholders agreement can be a used to govern the terms between the unitholders in a unit trust.

Shaun will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 7 May 2021 and will be covering SMSF and Bankruptcy plus much more. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer

30 April 2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and William Fettes, Senior Associate, discuss family law superannuation splitting in respect of SMSFs.

Where a relationship breakdown occurs, special attention must be given to the splitting of the superannuation benefits as there are quite a number issues to consider. In this episode, William provides a brief overview of how superannuation splitting works in the context of SMSFs.

Zac and William discuss the different approaches to superannuation splitting orders (eg, base amount or percentage interest split) and how a combination of the approaches can be used in order to achieve the desired outcome. They then discuss what can go wrong when planning a superannuation split, the consequences of not complying with a splitting order and briefly discuss other tax and CGT considerations.

They also address a client’s query regarding whether a reversionary pension can be paid to a former spouse in the situation where the client no longer has a spouse.

William will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 16 April 2021 and will be discussing this topic in detail. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and William Fettes, Senior Associate

30 March 2021

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, discuss what to do if you lose your trust deed, the first indexation of the Transfer Balance Cap (TBC) and the traps to be aware of for SMSFs involved in property development.

A lost trust deed is an unfortunate but also common scenario when dealing with both trusts and SMSFs. Bryce discusses the recent case The application of M & L Richardson Pty Limited [2021] NSWSC 105 that highlights where a court may make an order for a trust to be administered on the basis of a copy of the deed, where the original deed cannot be located.

Zac and Bryce then discuss the first indexation of the TBC set to take place on 1 July 2021 and briefly examine how proportionate indexation will affect the personal TBC of those already receiving pensions in retirement phase.

Finally, Zac and Bryce discuss SMSFs engaged in property development and the tips and traps that SMSF trustees should be aware of. They also address a client’s query regarding whether a bank asking for a personal guarantee from an SMSF member in order to secure a loan for a unit trust, where the SMSF is invested in that unit trust, could result in non-arm’s length income (NALI).

Bryce will be presenting DBA Network Pty Ltd’s SMSF Online Update on 5 March 2021 and will be discussing these topics in greater much detail. To register, please click here.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Bryce Figot, Special Counsel and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer discuss the case of Aussiegolfa Pty Ltd (Trustee) v Commissioner of Taxation [2018] FCAFC 122 (‘Aussiegolfa’).

Bryce and Shaun discuss the in-house asset issue, explain what the case tells us about the sole purpose test and also discuss how advisers should proceed in light of this case and the ATO’s response.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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Hosts (in order of appearance): Zacharia Galloway, Lawyer, Bryce Figot, Special Counsel and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer

23 December 2020

In this episode of the DBA Lawyers Podcast, Daniel Butler, Director and Shaun Backhaus, Lawyer discuss what to look for in a company constitution and some of the value-added features of the DBA Lawyers’ constitution.

It pays to obtain quality when obtaining a constitution, especially the many value-added strategies and features that you can obtain from a quality supplier. There are many suppliers of companies that supply generic and poor-quality documentation and many seem to go for non-qualified suppliers. You, especially if you are an adviser ordering a company for a client need to know what to look for. This episode examines why you should make sure the constitution you use is ‘fit for purpose’ and some key points to examine to ensure you acquire a quality constitution; especially as you do not need to pay much more for a quality given the competitive nature of the industry.

Daniel and Shaun discuss several key points such as who has the right to appoint and remove a director, the succession for shareholders and directors and risks from ordering documents from a non-qualified suppliers, especially if you are an adviser.

Daniel and Shaun also cover some of the value-added features of the DBA Lawyers’ constitution including successor directors, guardian shares and the flexibility to operate as a sole purpose SMSF trustee company.

For a chance to have your SMSF query addressed on the show, please send your questions to zgalloway@dbalawyers.com.au.

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