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 SMSF Auditor 2021: Managing the Risks & Challenges – 6 program on demand webinar series

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SMSF auditors have been in the firing line over the last few years, and the compliance challenges for auditors continue to grow. In addition, SMSF auditors face a raft of difficult technical issues when conducting the audit.

In this 6 part webinar series, learn directly from leading SMSF audit experts Belinda Aisbett and Shirley Schaefer.


Program 1:  Auditing the Investment Strategy

SMSF auditors may understand the importance of the investment strategy but what this means in practice requires a bit more consideration. This session looks at the key issues, including:

  • Audit procedures for investment strategies - an overview
  • Ensuring the diversification requirement is met
  • Considering liquidity needs of fund
  • Bringing investment strategy problems to attention of trustees
  • Investment strategy compliance breaches - the what, when and how
  • ATO guidelines on auditor’s role
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the investment strategy?
  • Understanding what the auditor cannot do

Program 2:  The Non-arm’s Length Rules - Meeting ATO Expectations from an Audit Perspective

The application of the NALI rules to general expenses are likely to have a significant impact on some SMSFs. This session examines how they impact the auditor, including:

  • Understanding ATO rulings on NALI and NALE - an overview
  • ATO expectations on NALI and NALE
  • Making sure we identify NALE
  • What is the ‘nexus’ that triggers the NALI provisions?
  • The application of general expenses NALE
  • Individual acting as trustee - some important do’s and don’ts
  • Trustee remuneration and NALI risk
  • What are the key considerations from an auditor perspective?
  • Case studies

Program 3:  Auditor Reporting Obligations - Meeting and Exceeding Auditing Standards

The reporting function is at the heart of the auditor’s role. This practical session covers two key areas: reporting to trustees and contraventions to the ATO. It examines:

Reporting to trustees:

  • The independent auditor’s report - key inclusions from recent ATO updates
  • Reporting on contraventions and the management letter to trustees
  • Determining the financial position of fund
  • Reporting methodologies - the do’s and don’ts
  • Case studies - problem scenarios and their reporting to trustees

Reporting to ATO:

  • The Auditor Contravention Report
  • What contraventions do not need reporting
  • Reporting of prior year breach
  • Separation of assets - regulation 409 A
  • Case studies - contravention reporting tips and traps

Program 4:  Super Contributions and the SMSF Auditor’s Role

Contributions have a wide definition under taxation rulings, so the auditor has a consequentially important function. This session looks at the key areas, including:

  • Type and tax status of contributions
  • Understanding different types of concessional contributions
  • Understanding trust deed requirements in respect to contributions
  • Update on recent changes to contribution rules
  • Changes to work test and spouse contributions
  • Change to bring forward rules on non-concessional contributions
  • The auditor’s role in relation to contributions
  • Practical case studies

Program 5:  Auditing Pensions - Getting That Check List Right

This session provides a practical focus on what must be checked when a fund is in pension phase. It includes:

  • What does the ATO want auditors to check - an overview
  • Meeting an appropriate condition of release
  • Do the financial statements support the pension valuation?
  • Properly documenting any commutations
  • Calculation of exempt current pension income with respect to pensions
  • When the pension commenced, and payments have been paid
  • Meeting minimum pension payment requirements
  • Case study - some problem scenarios and what to watch

Program 6:  Auditing the Death of a Member in an SMSF

When a member dies there are several compliance matters that must be considered. This session looks at the key areas for auditors on the death of a member, including:

  • Reviewing compliance with regulations on cashing of members benefit on death
  • A review of fund administration - who has control of fund?
  • When the auditor should question who benefits have gone to
  • Have trustees observed a valid binding death benefit nomination?
  • Checking whether a death benefit has been cashed
  • Reviewing tax considerations in respect to death benefits
  • Checklist on relevant documentation required for audit purposes

Belinda Aisbett, Director, Super Sphere, Melbourne

Belinda is a director of Super Sphere Pty. Ltd., a specialist self managed superannuation company, where she is responsible for providing audit, consulting and training services in relation to self managed super funds. Belinda established Super Sphere in 2003 to specialise in SMSF auditing and audit related services, and is responsible for auditing around 1,000 funds per year. This is in addition to providing an SMSF Audit Toolkit to other auditing professionals and undertaking numerous training engagements each year.

Belinda is a member of the ICAA, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Belinda is also a specialist member of the SMSF Association, chairperson of their audit discussion group, and a member of the SMSF Association education and conference committees.

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Shirley Schaefer, Superannuation Partner, BDO, Adelaide

Shirley is an auditor by training and a SMSF expert by choice. Shirley leads the Superannuation team, at BDO in South Australia. She is a recognised industry expert and a passionate advocate of her clients, team and industry.

Shirley is a regular speaker at SMSF & Audit conferences.  She provides SMSF competency training for accountants and auditors and is the co-author of the Thomson Reuters SMSF Audit Guide. Shirley is the winner of the multiple national SMSF and SMSF audit awards in 2017 & 2018.

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This on demand webinar series includes the following components:

  • Online access to the 6 video webinar programs - programs are 45 to 55 minutes in length on average
  • The 6 programs were recorded in July 2021 and will be available to subscribers online in early August 2021
  • Online access to the technical support papers and/or powerpoint presentations accompanying each program

This series will be marketed for $1210 when it is released.

If you pre-purchase the series by 20 August 2021 you will pay only $880 – a saving of $330.


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Product Code: SGSAJUL21C
 Price:  $880.00 (Inclusive of GST)