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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

By Tony Negline.

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2nd February 2010

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Should it be made harder for people to set up Self Managed Super Funds – for example, by introducing a minimum level of financial assets and compliance knowledge? 

Compliance issues often arise in Self Managed Super Funds because many of them are only reviewed once a year or often more than to 12 months after an error has occurred.

Many SMSF trustees rely on a range of professionals to help them comply with their legal obligations. The tax office has expressed concern about the quality of work it sees from some of these professionals and it has to be said that standards in the industry are either non-existent or inadequate. 

No, I don’t believe it is necessary for the government to place such restrictions on SMSFs but perhaps it needs to consider how it could adequately educate, monitor and supervise all the people providing services to SMSF trustees.

This was one of the proposals floated in an issues paper published by the federal government’s Review into the Governance, Efficiency, Structure and Operation of Australia's Superannuation System (often called the Cooper Review, after Jeremy Cooper who heads up this expert panel).

Before Cooper finalises his recommendations to the government, I want to explore the issues he raises and what I hope the review will ultimately recommend.

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