1. Set up fees - $1600 upfront
2. Accounting fees - $140 per month plus $10 per month per additional member
3. Govt fees - $376 per year
The set up fee of $1600 is eventually paid by the SMSF, but there is a catch. Because the fund does not exist yet, the set up costs need to come from somewhere. This is why you need to pay the establishment fees ($1600) out of your own money when you fill in the application.
Once the fund is set up and you have received your super into your new SMSF bank account, then you reimburse yourself the $1600. This then becomes a tax deduction for the fund.
The accounting fees are $140 per month ($1680 per financial year) plus $10 per month ($120 per financial year) per additional member. It is easier to think of the costs per financial year because the running/accounting costs are the same if you are open for 1 month or 12 months.
Once you have the SMSF bank account set up we set up a direct debit. The first monthly debit brings the fund up to date for the financial year. For example if a single member fund is set up in December the first debit will be $140 x 6 = $840. From then the monthly debit is $140.
NOTE: If no funds are held in the SMSF for the first financial year we can make a "return-not-necessary" lodgement. In this case you still have reporting obligations for the year but you do not need to complete a full tax return. A return-not-necessary lodgement can be submitted for $220 instead of the full year's accounting fees.
There are 3 government fees applicable to SMSFs
SMSF supervisory levy is currently $267 a year and is included in your tax return. You pay it twice in the first year and once for all following years.
The company name renewal and ESA fees are currently $54 and $55 per year. The ESA is a system that notifies you and the government when your employer makes contributions to your SMSF. Both the Company name renewal and the ESA fees are payable each year on the anniversary of establishment and will be automatically debited from your SMSF bank account.
Here is an example of a typical client with a single member SMSF. The SMSF makes 60 transactions a year with a few shares, crypto and some gold.
Costs for 1st financial year: (regardless of month fund is established)
Set up fees: $1600
Accounting fees: $1680
Govt fees: $643
Cost for 2nd financial year (and following years)
Accounting fees: $1680
Govt fees: $376
See below for a complete price schedule.
Cost to set up your SMSF
What is included...
Upfront payment is paid via Paypal at the time of application and paid back to you from your super after you receive your rollover, which is normally approx. 3 weeks from application.
You should ensure all trustees are eligible to run an SMSF as there are no refunds on the establishment fees.
The costs to run your SMSF (all paid from your super)
Monthly fees include the following...
If you have more than 1 member in your SMSF, there is an additional $10 fee per month for each additional member. You can have up to 4 members in an SMSF.
Single member monthly fee: $140
Two member monthly fee: $150
Three member monthly fee: $160
Monthly fees are automatically debited from the SMSF and are a tax deduction for the fund. The first debit will bring the fund up to date for the financial year. This means the first debit payment will be $140 for each month from July this financial year to the first debit.
There is no discount for funds only being operational a portion of the year. This is because the cost to do the accounting, compliance and audit are the same regardless of how many months the fund is open for the year.
If you establish your SMSF near the end of the financial year and do not want to pay for a full year's worth of fees, you can make a Return-Not-Necessary lodgement. This will cost $220 instead of the full year's fees of $1680. This is only available if the SMSF never holds any assets or money in any accounts within the first financial year.
Fees not included in the monthly service fee.
The government charge an annual fee to have an SMSF. It is called the SMSF Supervisory Levy and is payable at tax time each year. You pay this twice at your first SMSF tax return, then once per year.
Each year you need to pay ASIC to keep your company's name registered on their database. The ASIC fee is payable each year on the anniversary of establishment and will be automatically debited from your SMSF bank account.
ESA stands for Electronic Service Address which is a system that notifies you and the government when your employer makes contributions to your SMSF. Annual fee for ESA is payable each year on the anniversary of establishment and will be automatically debited from your SMSF bank account.
Cost per property held in the SMSF (per annum)
There is a limit of 100 transactions in your SMSF per financial year. A transaction is any deposit, withdrawal or trade in any account. Additional transactions are charged at $4.40 per transaction.
If you trade on more than 1 stock trading platform or 2 crypto exchange platforms, any transactions on other exchanges will attract an additional fee per platform. All trading platforms need to be on our approved platform list. Our only approved crypto exchanges are CoinSpot and Independent Reserve.
Add a description about this itemPrivacy coins must remain on the exchange. Unfortunately we need to restrict privacy coins so they need to remain on the exchange at all times. This is for compliance and audit purposes. All coins sent off the exchange need to be traceable on a public blockchain at all times. Moving privacy coins (untraceable coins) off the exchange will attract an additional fee per occurrence and your fund may become non-compliant.
If you are in pension phase and require an actuarial certificate, they can be supplied for $220 each.
Over time the ATO or ASIC may make changes to the superannuation rules requiring an updated trust deed.
Existing SMSFs can transfer over to us.
You can have up to 4 members in your SMSF. The $440 is only for adding members after the fund is established. The cost to establish an SMSF is the same whether you start with 1,2,3 or 4 members)
When removing a member from an SMSF, additional accounting is required to calculate the exact balance of the member on the day of leaving the fund. If the member leaves on the last day of the financial year the cost to remove a member is $550. If the member leaves the fund any other day the cost is $1100.
If you do not have permanent address you can use for the fund you can use us as a registered address and we will forward all relevant correspondence to you via email. Price is $220 per annum paid monthly ($18.33 added to the monthly fee.)
If you require expert tax planning or financial planning advise we can assist. Our network of advisers have saved clients millions in unnecessary tax. Contact us for more information.
In July/August each year, New Brighton Capital will request documents be uploaded to your online portal for the preparation of the annual tax return. New Brighton Capital reserves the right to add an additional $44 to the monthly fee if sufficient documentation is not provided in the portal by November 1st following the end of the financial year. The additional $44 to the monthly fee will remain until adequate documentation is provided.
Should you wish to close down the SMSF, the tax return and audit needs to be completed for the year and an additional fee of $440 will be charged for the process of "winding up" the fund.
If you move house we will need to register the change of address with the ATO and ASIC. Failure to not notify ASIC of changes of address within 28 days can result in additional fines. We will make the changes on your behalf and forward you the docs to be signed.
All non government fees include GST and are locked in for 1 year once becoming a client