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Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) advocates are warning the Government to back off as it considers raiding the system to pay for its policy commitments.

The tax man cometh

Mar 09, 2013

There may be three months to go before the end of the financial year, but it's actually March when the really money-savvy fine-tune their finances for tax time.
In most instances a Quantity Surveyor will conduct a property inspection when preparing a tax depreciation schedule. Sometimes this is not required, for example - if a property has been built by the owner or the Quantity Surveyor has previously inspected a unit within the same complex. A good Quantity Surveyor knows when an inspection is not needed, and this generally results in a saving to the owner/investor. But if certain information is overlooked you will miss out on significant tax deductions.
I’m often asked where ‘effective lives’ come from, and the short answer is the Commissioner of Taxation. The long answer is a lot more complicated than that.
Transcript of a speech made by Alison Lendon, the Deputy Commissioner of Superannuation to the 2013 SPAA SMSF National Conference, on 15 February 2013 in Melbourne.
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