The Government has introduced a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption in alignment with the super reforms legislation. The CGT exemption allows Trustees of super funds to capture the tax-free benefits of their assets to enable them to increase the cost base of those assets at 30 June 2017 without the requirement to sell their assets.
This has caused some concern for Trustees and members who are anxious about applying the exemption incorrectly.
This issue, more than any other aspect of the super reforms, is the one that has most people feeling anxious. Trustees and members are afraid that applying the exemption rules incorrectly will mean that they miss out on what could amount to a significant tax windfall.
It is important to note that the CGT exemption will only be available to a small number of superannuation funds and it has limited application. In particular, it applies to Trustees required to commute pensions in their fund so that they are compliant with the $1.6M transfer cap and also for members who are commuting their transition to retirement pension.
For eligible funds and members, it is prudent to take action now to determine whether the CGT exemption is an option for you, and if so, how it should be utilised.
For those who stand to benefit from the CGT exemption, there will be opportunity to reset the cost base of assets to a higher amount so that upon the sale of the assets, the tax is potentially reduced.
Also important to note is that reducing tax in eligible superannuation funds is a one-off opportunity.
The key is to understanding the exemption and apply it to re-set the cost bases of the correct assets. Failure to do so can potentially result in higher tax exposure.
There is no doubt that this is a complex matter that requires careful consideration. I invite you to contact BrentnallsNSW to determine firstly whether taking up the CGT exemption is appropriate for you, and secondly, to select the correct assets for the exemption.
If you have any questions about the CGT exemption, or any other aspects of the new super reforms, please contact BNSW Planning on (02) 8252 5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BNSW Planning Pty Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of BrentnallsNSW Pty Ltd, holds a limited Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence and is fully compliant under 2016 legislation governing the delivery of super and SMSF advice by an accounting firm. For further information, please view our Financial Planning series of articles:
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