The ATO website is probably the best place to go for answers to most questions about Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF). The ATO regulates SMSFs, so you’ll be getting it straight from the horse’s mouth.

Our website is also a rich source of SMSF information. Here are some FAQs about SMSFs. Please click on them to view the answers. Feel free to contact us if your question isn’t answered below.

Questions and Answers – Click on the question to reveal the answer

1. Does the monthly $39 fee include ALL fees (including annual audit and submission of tax return)?

The $39 fee includes the fees for accounting, tax and audit functions if there’s cash investments only. Remember the SMSF will pay other fees like bank fee, the super levy charge and tax on contributions.

2. What is the difference between the $39 and the $79 service?

We charge a lower accounting and administration fee for a simple fund (with just bank accounts) than we do for a more complex fund that’s investing in property, share derivatives and FX.

3. I am starting an SMSF and would like to know the benefits of using a Corporate Trustee as opposed to Individual Trustees?

Most funds we set up are with individual trustees, and per the ATO statistics, around 80% of all funds have individual trustees. If you want to purchase property using a bank loan, the bank might be insistent on a Corporate Trustee structure, as this is their preference. We also discuss pros and cons of using a corporate trustee structure on this page. However, this is your choice who to use as a Trustee.

4. Do you require all original docs? Many of these are now provided by e-commerce or over the web, is that an issue?

You keep all the original documents. We prefer to receive statements as soft copy so that we can load them directly into our accounting system to produce your SMSF’s annual accounts and tax return. This also improves accuracy because we don’t have to re-key your data.

5. Are the originals retained at your office or returned once the accounts are completed?

We have a paper copy and a soft copy of your accounts at our office. All source documents, e.g. bank statements etc. would be kept by you as a Trustee of the SMSF. We require copies only, and the best option is a soft copy or scanned copy emailed to us.

6. We’re thinking about including overseas listed equities in our super to get an international flavour and add some diversity to our investment. Would this have any cost issues? We’re talking major markets, LSE, NYSE for example. Our idea was to go for no more than 20 overseas investments, which may give rise to 50 or so transactions.

There’s a fixed price for any investments you choose in your Fund. If there are only a few transactions, a scanned copy of a statement will be all that’s needed, but we prefer soft copies, especially with higher volumes. Most providers will supply you with a soft copy to download.

7. I see you also have a pre-pack SMSF setup, is any of the above NOT COVERED in the Trust deed you would normally setup? I’m thinking particularly about the overseas investments.

The Trust Deed and Investment Strategy that we’ll supply you with when the SMSF is set up are fairly wide. They cover local and international investments and include shares, options, CFDs, property etc. We give you a template in Word format, so you can edit and adjust it on the rare occasions that it doesn’t cover something you’d like to invest in.

8. We are currently in the accumulation phase but my wife and I will be 65 in 2012. What impact, cost wise, will the establishment of an Annual pension (1 payment per annum x 2 pensions) have?

We have a template that Trustees can use to note down the amount allocated to a pension. From an accounting and tax point of view the only difference is that you are not taxed at 15% but at 0%. So it actually makes our job easier. There’s no extra cost to set up a pension or to draw a pension. Our fees are fixed. You do the draw down and generally draw down 4% of the pension’s opening balance per year.

9. Is the SMSF called “ABC Family Super Fund” or “The trustee for ABC Family Super Fund”?

The name of your SMSF is “ABC Family Super Fund”. Whenever the ATO writes to you, they address their correspondence to the Trustees of the SMSF. The Trustees are the Managers or custodians of the SMSF and responsible for running it, hence the name the ATO uses: “The trustee for ABC Family Super Fund”.

Questions about Superannuation Warehouse

1. What does Superannuation Warehouse do?

We are accounting & taxation professionals who specialise in SMSFs. We set up the SMSFs under the Trustee’s instructions and perform the annual accounting, tax and compliance duties for the Trustee’s SMSF.

2. Is my money safe in your hands?

Yes. We don’t touch your money; we handle the administrative side only. You are the Trustee. As such, you control your own funds and make the investment decisions.

3. Do I have to use a Financial Planner?

You don’t need a Financial Planner to operate and run an SMSF. Neither do you need one to buy shares, to open up a bank account or to invest in property. However, a Financial Planner may be required when opening up certain types of investment accounts (a Separate Managed Account for example). Superannuation Warehouse does not offer financial planning services.

4. What if I want to close down the SMSF?

You can wind down the SMSF and transfer your Super balance to a retail fund or another SMSF. You can also transfer your SMSF to another administrator or accountant (we work hard to make sure you don’t!). As Trustees are responsible for the SMSF, the choice of the Fund’s administrator and service provider rests entirely with you.

5. What about insurance?

Trustees decide which insurer is best tailored to the needs of the Fund. You can pay life insurance premiums from your SMSF in much the same way that you would from a retail super fund. The group policy we have for members of SMSF’s covers life and disability insurance.

6. Can I claim the Government Co-Contribution in my SMSF and how do I claim the Co-Contribution?

Short answer: You don’t have to do anything, you will receive the co-contribution directly from the ATO.

Long answer: When we set up your SMSF we note your names and TFNs as Members of the SMSF. The TFN lets the ATO know who the members are. Once you’ve submitted your personal tax return, the ATO will be aware of your personal income. It then looks for personal Superannuation Contributions on the SMSF tax return. These are also set out per Member in the tax return with an ABN. The ATO then matches these two returns up. If you are eligible for the co-contribution, they will pay you. It’s therefore in your best interest to submit your personal tax return and the SMSF tax return ASAP in order to receive the co-contribution. Lastly, the ATO will send you a cheque for this co-contribution. If the SMSF bank details are entered on the Tax Office system for your SMSF, the ATO will deposit the co-contribution into your bank and send you an advice. If you’d like Superannuation Warehouse to link your bank account to the SMSF Tax Account, just send us the bank account details and we’ll set it up.

7. Can I use my Super to invest in property?

Yes you can. See the section on Property investment for an explanation on how to borrow in your SMSF for property investments.

8. Is an SMSF right for me?

If you read what the ATO has to say on SMSFs you’ll see that they’re a great option.

  • Ivete Pereira

    Hi there, I have research through your web. We are going to set up our account with you and have 2 questions

    1- If myself and my partner start a corporate SMSF together one of us is 10 years younger considering both of our ages of withdraw is 60 years old, will we be able to access it when the first of us reach 60? or when both are 60? Can you please let me know
    2- I have read that it is possible to invest in cryptocurrency , my question is can I buy for example bitcoin and store it into a ledger and have the purchase proof for tax time? Or do we have to do it through a hedge fund, if so do you offer that investment option (hedge)
    I look forward to hear back from you
    Thank you

    • Hein Preller


      If we set up an SMSF with 2 Members, we will do the financial statements that include a Member Statement for each of the Members. When you are over 60 and retired or meet another condition of release, you can withdraw your super. More on the conditions of release here:

      For cryptocurrency, please make sure the SMSF has legal ownership over the assets it owns. Take a screenprint to show the units owned at year end as proof the SMSF still owns the asset. More guidance on virtual currencies here:

      Keep well,

  • Jude Coutinho

    how long does it take to setup a SMSF with SMSF Warehouse?

    • superannuationwarehouse


      If you set up an SMSF through us, we will give you a call on the day the SMSF application is received. We will then set up the SMSF on the same day.

      In some cases, there may be an ATO imposed delay in issuing the ABN number for the new Fund. If there is a delay, its usually if Trustees have personal tax returns outstanding or if you were involved with a company or other entity with tax returns outstanding. The Tax Office takes the view if you can’t manage your own tax affairs on a timely basis, the SMSF affairs may also not be managed on a timely basis.

      More guidance on set-up times here:

      So make sure your personal tax affairs are up to date before setting up an SMSF.

  • Easy Tiger

    What specific legislative provisions does the SMSF need to satisfy in order to
    become a complying fund?

    • Easy Tiger

      I can’t even get some initial Q&A thru you guys so how am I suppose to consider utilising your services?

      • https://www.smsfwarehouse.com.au Superannuation Warehouse

        Easy Tiger,

        Thanks for posting the question above.

        The question was answered within 24 hours, if there’s more urgens questions, you can call us. The mobile number and landline numbers are listed in the Contact Us section.

        Thanks for following up.

        • Easy Tiger

          Thank you SW.

    • https://www.smsfwarehouse.com.au Superannuation Warehouse

      Easy Tiger,

      A complying SMSF means you comply with the guidelines and legislation issued by the ATO. The most important is to manage the Fund for the sole purpose of your retirement benefit.

      As the accountant for your SMSF, we will assist in keeping your SMSF compliant. Complying SMSF’s are taxed at 15%, vs the penalty rate of 47%. A great place to start, if you want to make sure you understand the rules, is doing a free Trustee training course. The link to do it is here:

      Keep well,

      • Easy Tiger

        Thank you the your reply SW and my apologies as I wasn’t aware this is not a live chat forum.
        Thanks for the info and the links but I was hoping to obtain some specific legislative provisions that the SMSF need to abide by in order to become/continue to be a complying fund. Reading thru the links it seems there a lot of general rules and guideline a trustee must follow but surely there are ‘specific’ legislative provn’ that will make or break to be a comply fund right?

    • https://www.smsfwarehouse.com.au Superannuation Warehouse

      Easy Tiger,

      An SMSF must adhere to the SIS Act. For a start it must comply with section 17A, meeting the definition of an SMSF.

      See this page for a link to the legislation:

      BTW, I like you name.

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