With the start date for the 2016 budget changes to
superannuation approaching, it is time to consider the action we
must take for SMSFs to comply. One very important question is
whether current SMSF trust deeds will be appropriate under the new
CGW SMSF trust deeds prepared after March 2007 will still be
adequate, but there are benefits in updating now.
New CGW SMSF trust deeds were released on 1 February 2017, and
contain a number of enhancements including:
the deed automatically removes the limitations imposed in a
transition to retirement income stream when the pensioner satisfies
a full cashing condition;
the option of including other death benefit control mechanisms
such as a death benefit guardian;
specifically allowing the trustee to comply with the new forms
of commutation authorities and excess transfer balance tax, even if
they do not have the consent of the member; and
adding a mechanism to resolve disputes between members so they
can exit the fund without consent of the others.
CGW SMSF trust deeds already had a number of important features
a number of options in the death benefit payment provisions,
including child pensions and superannuation proceeds trust;
effective and simple to use binding death benefit nomination
and reversionary pension provisions free from unnecessary
procedural requirements or restrictions;
clear priority rules for binding death benefit nominations and
changing the terms of a pension without needing to formally
stop and restart the pension, including the ability to alter the
reversionary beneficiary (subject to the pension terms);
clear rules about what an attorney can and cannot do on behalf
of a member;
reserving of contributions and income; and
allowing segregating investments even for members not in
As with everything with SMSFs, it is important to ensure the
trust deed will allow you to do the things you want and need to
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