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.

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Related articles and links below.

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SMSFs investing via unit trusts

DBA Network

DBA Lawyers

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

30 April 2021

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