Take charge of your retirement by starting a self-managed super fund!
Now in its third edition, DIY Super For Dummies contains all the expert information and advice you need to confidently set up and manage your fund, navigate the ever-changing super rules, and invest your fund wisely.
Written in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the For Dummies brand for more than twenty years, this friendly and easy-to-follow guide helps you figure out if DIY super is the right way to go for your unique circumstances, shows you how to establish a self-managed super fund, highlights the many ways to contribute to your fund, considers how to make the most of the super tax incentives, and so much more.
With comprehensive new content explaining recent super changes announced by the government, and guidance on SMSF changes that have occurred since publication of the previous edition,DIY Super For Dummies gives you unprecedented and independent information to help you make informed decisions about your DIY super fund, empowering you to develop a successful long-term plan for retirement.
- Explores how much super is enough for a comfortable retirement
- Explains the super rules and opportunities in plain English, and outlines how to create a SMSF in ten steps
- Delves into the costs of running a SMSF, and steers you through your fund's super CART (Compliance, Administration, Reporting and Tax obligations)
- Explains how to pay a tax-free pension from your DIY super fund
- Offers sensitive and authoritative information on how to take care of your family after you're gone
Don't leave yourself at the mercy of fund managers-let DIY Super For Dummies arm you with the tools you need to set up and run a SMSF, and help you create a comfortable retirement.
About the Author
Trish Power is an author, journalist and expert communicator. She is co-founder of SuperGuide.com.au, an independent and free website on superannuation.
Part I: Taking Control of Your Super 7
Chapter 1: Is DIY Super Right for You? 9
Chapter 2: Understanding How Super Works 25
Chapter 3: How Much Super Is Enough? 45
Chapter 4: Counting On Super Contributions of All Sorts 57
Chapter 5: Getting the Right DIY Super Advice 79
Part II: Setting Up a DIY Super Fund 91
Chapter 6: How Much Does a SMSF Cost? 93
Chapter 7: Simple Steps to SMSF Start-Up 103
Chapter 8: Individual Trustees versus Corporate Trustee 117
Chapter 9: Trustee Declarations and Other Promises 127
Part III: Running Your Self-Managed Super Fund 139
Chapter 10: Finding a Fund Administrator, or Not 141
Chapter 11: Do the Right Thing — Compliance 149
Chapter 12: Act Like You’re the Boss — Reporting 159
Chapter 13: It’s Always Tax Time 169
Part IV: Investing Your DIY Super Money 181
Chapter 14: Exploring the World of Super Investing 183
Chapter 15: Super’s Special Investment Rules 197
Chapter 16: Borrowing and DIY Super 213
Chapter 17: Investing in Property 223
Chapter 18: Investing and Super Tax 235
Part V: Paying Super Benefits from Your Fund 243
Chapter 19: Retiring is Just the Beginning 245
Chapter 20: Your Super and the Age Pension 259
Chapter 21: Running a DIY Super Pension 271
Chapter 22: Making Contributions while Taking a Pension 285
Chapter 23: Divorce and Your SMSF 293
Chapter 24: Looking After Your Family 299
Part VI: The Part of Tens 313
Chapter 25: Ten Special Features of DIY Super 315
Chapter 26: Ten Commandments of DIY Super 321
Part VII: Appendixes 329
Appendix A: SMSF Compliance and Administration Checklist 331
Appendix B: Handy Super Resources and ATO Publications 335