Higher costs, lower returns
Recent Australian Tax Office research has shown that SMSF returns are often a lot less than public offer super fund returns, while the administration and management costs can be a lot more*.
|Returns - SMSF||5.9%||2.5%|
|Returns – Statewide Super||15.0%||11.5%|
|Costs – SMSF||N/A||2.9%|
|Costs – Statewide Super||N/A||0.8%|
Figures are averages for members with $200,000-$500,000 in their super.
*Source - ATO
Why do SMSFs cost so much?At a minimum, your SMSF must pay for:
- Annual reporting
- Annual, independent auditing and;
- The supervisory levy.
Other costs you may need to consider include:
- Specialist financial advice
- Asset valuations
- Legal fees associated with your Trust Deed
The work involved
If you are a trustee, then it’s your responsibility to ensure your fund complies with the complex tax and super legislation. There are heavy penalties for failing to comply – even if you do so unintentionally.
There are also strict record-keeping obligations to follow, such as annual reporting, asset valuations and appointment of auditors.
Remember, it’s your money and your retirement future, so you don’t want to leave the investment decisions to chance.
To maximise your SMSF investments, it’s important to keep fully up-to-date with investment news, tax and superannuation law, and the returns on your current investments. Naturally, this all takes time.
Do you and/or your partner have the time, expertise and interest to run an SMSF?
We’ve found that as people age; time and energy is more often directed to enjoying life rather than worrying about investments. It is also common for one member of a couple to be more confident/conversant with their finances, so they start to worry that their partner may not have the interest or knowledge to continue an SMSF on their passing. If this sounds familiar, we suggest you chat with a Statewide Super Financial Planner or a Statewide Super accredited financial adviser who can discuss your situation and help determine what is most appropriate.
Is your SMSF no longer working for you?
Statewide Super can take the hard work out of winding up your SMSF and can assist with all legal requirements including selling down assets, statutory accounts and tax lodgements. Our Financial Planners can also provide advice on appropriate superannuation options to help you make the most of your money.
Factual information and general advice may be provided by representatives of Statewide Superannuation Pty Ltd ABN 62 008 099 223 (AFSL 234171) as trustee for the Statewide Superannuation Trust ABN 54 145 196 298 ("Statewide Super"). Personal financial advice may be provided as follows:
- Statewide Super has engaged Industry Fund Services Limited ABN 54 007 016 195 AFSL 232514 ("IFS") to facilitate the provision of both personal and general financial advice to members of Statewide Super. Our Financial Planners, Associate Financial Planners, and Member Solutions Advisors based at our Member Centre in Adelaide are Authorised Representatives of IFS. IFS is responsible for any advice given to you by its Authorised Representatives.
- Statewide Super has also accredited a network of financial advisers ("Accredited Advisers") based locally and regionally. Advice provided to you by these Accredited Advisers will be provided under the Australian Financial Services Licence held by a third party. That third party is responsible for the financial advice given to you by an Accredited Adviser.
Fees may apply. Further information about the cost of financial advice is set out in the relevant Financial Services Guide ("FSG"). Copies of the relevant FSG for Statewide Super is available for download at www.statewide.com.au/financial_planning or by calling 1300 65 18 65. A copy of the relevant FSG for an Accredited Adviser can be obtained by contacting the Accredited Adviser directly.