CGT relief nuances still plaguing SMSF industry
Certain concepts with the transitional CGT relief including the eligibility criteria and the type of relief that should be applied for are continuing to cause confusion for practitioners, according to a technical expert.
Speaking to SMSF Adviser, Cooper Partners director Jemma Sanderson said one of the biggest traps facing SMSF practitioners with the CGT relief is the eligibility criteria for the relief.
The law makes it clear, she explained, that a member has to be impacted by the transfer balance cap provisions, or have a transition to retirement pension in place and no longer receive the pension exemption from 1 July 2017, in order to use the concession.
“Some people are potentially misinterpreting that from the perspective of saying ‘well I'm in pension phase, and therefore I'm eligible to claim when they actually have less than $1.6 million, in retirement phase’.”
“There are also other people, who thought they were in transition to retirement phase, but actually they met a condition of release with a nil cashing restriction, so potentially they may be ineligible to use the relief because their transition to retirement pension may actually be in retirement phase already.”
There is also confusion in determining what type of relief the member is eligible for.
“Is it from an unsegregated fund perspective, or is it from a segregated fund perspective? Even those sorts of considerations are substantial because it is based on the position that the fund was in at 9 November 2016,” she explained.
“So for some people, where 100 per cent of the fund was in pension phase at the start of the 2016/17 year, and continued to be so at 9 November, then as of 9 November they would be deemed to be a segregated fund, and so one particular provision of the act applies.”
If they made a contribution to the fund subsequent to that time, she said, then the date of the contribution would actually be the date that the CGT relief applies.
“Its little nuances like that, that people need to be mindful of.”
Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.
Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.