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Supplementing SMSF Members’ benefits through a SMSF Reserve

A SMSF reserve is simply an amount of money or assets inside your SMSF that is not part of any member’s account. That is, no one has any entitlement to it yet. Reserves do not make up part of any member’s account balance until they are actually credited or allocated to the member.


The main reason for maintaining a reserve in a SMSF is because it can provide better benefits to members and their dependants.    However, before considering using this strategic tool, SMSF Trustees must review the SMSF’s governing rules to ensure that they don’t prohibit maintaining reserves.


The following article gives a clear insight into the issues to be considered and a case study which further clarifies how this strategic tool can be used and its’ effects.



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Paul Baggetta is the Founder & Principal of Baggetta & Co (ABN 68 786 233 813).

Paul Baggetta has been a Taxation Accountant since 1981, a Financial Planner since 1998, and in 1993 qualified as a Real Estate Licensee, holding a Triennial Certificate (currently not trading) and operated his own Real Estate business for property investment clients for over 5 years as a second business.

Financial planning services are provided by Paul Baggetta as an Authorised Representative (No. 261469) of Capstone Financial Planning Pty Ltd. ABN 24 093 733 969. Australian Financial Services License No. 223135.


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