Tell me more about the SMSF wind up service
All members of the SMSF team at Findex are qualified and experienced SMSF accountants and administrators.
We can help you close your self-managed super fund
Findex are specialists in this field
Your Findex specialist will work with you through the entire process ensuring all of the paperwork and tax requirements are taken care of. You’ll receive guidance, checklists and help when carrying out the tasks to wind up your SMSF including:
- Clear guidelines on the requirements needed to successfully lodge the final return to close your SMSF
- Rolling out the funds from your SMSF into CareSuper
- How to action the cancellation of the SMSFs ABN, TFN and bank account.
Findex has a comprehensive network of over 80 offices Australia-wide, so face-to-face meetings can also be arranged should you decide to proceed with this service.
Costs for winding up
CareSuper and Findex have negotiated discounted rates for CareSuper members with the price ranging from $1500–$1800 (plus GST) for basic SMSF wind ups and $2000–$2500 (plus GST) for more complex Funds. The service includes an SMSF audit for an additional fee of $470 (plus GST).
If you’re not already a member of CareSuper, you can join online here.
Please note that fees will vary slightly depending on the complexity of each situation. For a quote based on your circumstances, book a call-back from a Findex representative.
All Fund assets are required to be redeemed for the Fund to be wound up. The Trustee is required to advise once all of the SMSF assets are sold and notify an advisor/provide Findex with copy of the most recent bank statement.
Trustees of Superannuation Funds are required to complete a ‘Rollover benefits statement’ when transferring their member balance from their SMSF to CareSuper. Findex will arrange for this form to be completed.
Conditions of release are the events a member needs to satisfy to withdraw benefits from their super fund. Conditions of release are also subject to the rules of your SMSF (as set out in the Fund’s Trust Deed). The most common conditions of release for paying out benefits are:
- Retirement: Actual retirement depends on a person’s age and, for those under 60 years old, their future employment intentions. A retired member can’t access their preserved benefits before they reach their preservation age.
- Transition to retirement (attaining preservation age): Members who are under 65 and have reached preservation age, but remain gainfully employed on a full-time or part-time basis, may access their benefits as a non-commutable income stream.
- Turning age 65: A member who reaches age 65 may cash their benefits at any time. There are no cashing restrictions. (It isn't compulsory to cash out a member’s benefits merely because they have reached a certain age.)
There are a number of other circumstances in which benefits can be released, such as incapacity, severe financial hardship, temporary residents leaving Australia, a terminal medical condition and terminating gainful employment. Some of these permit early access to benefits before reaching preservation age.
There are specific rules for each of these and some have restrictions on the way the benefits can be cashed. Please contact a financial planner for further details.
A Trust Deed is a legal document that sets out the rules for establishing and operating your fund, including the fund’s objectives, who can be a member and how benefits are paid. The Trust Deed together with superannuation laws form the fund’s ‘governing rules’. A Trust Deed is a legal document, so you need to have it prepared by someone qualified to do so. All trustees need to understand, sign and date the Trust Deed and ensure it is properly executed according to state or territory laws.
A member of an SMSF can choose only from two types of pensions – an account-based pension or a transition to retirement pension. (Note however that if you retired prior to 20 September 2007, you may be receiving another type of pension from your SMSF.) The two types of SMSF pensions available are:
Account-based pension: An account-based pension gives you unlimited access to your account balance – it is up to the member on how much they wish to withdraw each year from their account balance. Note however, that there is a minimum amount that needs to be withdrawn each year, depending on your age which can vary from year to year.
Transition to retirement pension: A Transition to Retirement pension is available to those who have reached preservation age but have not retired from the workforce. It similar to a regular account-based pension, except that you cannot withdraw more than 10% of your account balance each year in pension payments. If you are between the ages of 55 and 60, you may also be required to pay tax on any withdrawals to the ATO.
A contribution is a payment made to your super fund in the form of money or an asset other than money (called an in specie contribution). ‘In specie’ contributions can generally only be accepted by SMSFs. Provided the governing rules of your fund allow it, your SMSF can generally accept:
- Employer contributions
- Personal contributions
- Salary sacrifice contributions
- Super guarantee co-contributions
- Eligible spouse contributions.
You need to properly document contributions and rollovers – including the amount, type and breakdown of components – and allocate them to the fund members’ accounts within 28 days of the end of the month in which you received them.
Some things to consider
If you are unsure whether winding up your self-managed super fund is right for you, take a look at some of the things to consider. You can also book a call-back to speak to a Findex SMSF specialist who will discuss the process with you in greater detail.
CareSuper members can also receive advice over the phone on a range of non-SMSF super-related topics at no extra charge*. To get in touch with a financial planner, call us on 1300 360 149.
If you’re interested in closing your self-managed super fund, request an obligation-free call-back from a Findex SMSF specialist who will discuss the process with you in greater detail and outline the next steps.
*Financial advice is offered through CareSuper’s relationship with Industry Fund Services Limited (IFS), and is provided by an authorisation under the Australian financial services licence of IFS, ABN 54 007 016 195, AFSL 232514.