Automated Audit system for Aust SMSFs

SMSF service provider onlinesmsfaudit.com.au has launched an automated cloud-based system aimed at reducing audit times and improving quality. According to new services’ founder, Manoj Abichandani onlinesmsfaudit.com.au will allow registered SMSF auditors to conduct high-level audits in half the time it takes using traditional auditing methods. In turn this will...



In house asset exemptions in Aust SMSFs

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is re-examining the rules around in-house asset exemptions contained in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act. The area of concern for the regulator involves the treatment of investments in a related trust held by an SMSF as a required part of a limited recourse borrowing...



Growing demand for online data access by Aust SMSFs: report

Online access to SMSF data is set to increase sharply, with close to 50 per cent of SMSF accountants interested in offering clients and advisers a web-based solution.The “OneVue/Investment Trends 2013 SMSF Accountant Report” revealed currently one in five SMSF accountants offered their clients and advisers the option to...



Property advantages to ATO trading stock ruling in Aust SMSFs

Tax legislation passed in 2012 ending the classification of superannuation assets as trading stock and in effect treating them as capital items can be advantageous for some SMSF portfolios, according to an SMSF specialist lawyer. “Going forward, no super funds have trading stock and all assets are on capital...



Crowe Horwath examining cloud-based engagement for Aust SMSFs

Chartered accounting firm Crowe Horwath is in the process of assessing the viability of greater reliance on automation to communicate with and service its SMSF clients. The initiative is part of the organisation’s effort to better coordinate its SMSF service delivery across the Crowe Horwath network. “We are looking...



Australia’s property speculation is the highest contribution to national GDP anywhere

Renting for life? Housing shift requires rethink of renters’ rights By Kate Shaw, University of Melbourne Australia is the world capital for property speculation. Australians play property like Monopoly: buying, selling, demolishing, rebuilding, extending, renovating, always with the promise of appreciation on resale. The contribution to GDP of real...



Socio economic development in Myanmar – not investment

Engaging in Myanmar: whose interest are we serving? By Jonathan Bogais, University of Sydney Myanmar is the “new frontier” of the Asia-Pacific region. With its large potential markets, abundant natural resources and strategic position, competition for control of the anticipated revenues intensifies pressure on all sides. While economic development...



Global Film Business 2013 explored – underpins Merkin’s 2014 – 2023 strategy

Screen Daily have released the epitome of studio performance in 2013 – which is topical given The Merkin Group’s newly expanded  footprint in the global tentpole film acquisition and distribution business. Sony’s China box office swells 22% Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported significant year-on-year gains in...



2013.The S&P ASX200 in charts

It has been another impressive year for the S&P/ASX 200, with the index returning a total of 17.6 per cent to investors. Returns haven’t been evenly spread across each sector as the broader economy grappled with reduced mining spend and a strong currency, choking export-driven sectors. The materials sector...



Post Blockbuster stock dips

The post blockbuster stock dip in studio stocks as been a surprisingly common occurrence in recent yeras – and it has it parallels in other industries – one only has to observe the phenomena in Australia when an announcement is made at or above market expectations yet the stock...



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