The new super laws, announced in the May 2016 Federal budget, are the most significant changes to the superannuation system since 2007.
During a panel discussion at The Tax Institute‘s National Convention in March 2016, Second Commissioner Andrew Mills mentioned that the ATO was considering publishing guidance regarding the manner in which the Commissioner would exercise his discretion to treat beneficiaries as having fixed entitlements in trusts for the purpose of s 272-5(3) of Sch 2F to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (ITAA36).
Striking a balance between providing for a spouse and children from a previous relationship is a challenge many of us as professional advisers have encountered. As advisers, careful advice needs to be given to clients outlining their obligations, risks and the consequences of their instructions and intentions. Blended families are more prone to dispute than is the case with first relationships and face a range of challenges, practically and legally. Superannuation, estate planning and family law disputes can often be avoided with proper planning and strategic decision making.