DIY Super For Dummies

Author(s): Trish Power


Taking control of your super is easier than you think

Now in its third edition, DIY Super For Dummies contains all the expert information and advice you need to confidently set up and manage your fund, navigate the ever-changing super rules, and invest your fund wisely.

Written in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the For Dummies brand for more than twenty years, this friendly and easy-to-follow guide helps you figure out if DIY super is the right way to go for your unique circumstances, shows you how to establish a self-managed super fund, highlights the many ways to contribute to your fund, considers how to make the most of the super tax incentives, and so much more.

With comprehensive new content explaining recent super changes announced by the government, and guidance on SMSF changes that have occurred since publication of the previous edition, DIY Super For Dummies gives you unprecedented and independent information to help you make informed decisions about your DIY super fund, empowering you to develop a successful long-term plan for retirement.

  • Explores how much super is enough for a comfortable retirement

  • Explains the super rules and opportunities in plain English, and outlines how to create a SMSF in ten steps

  • Delves into the costs of running a SMSF, and steers you through your fund's super CART (Compliance, Administration, Reporting and Tax obligations)

  • Explains how to pay a tax-free pension from your DIY super fund

  • Offers sensitive and authoritative information on how to take care of your family after you're gone

Take control of your retirement plans --let DIY Super For Dummies arm you with the tools you need to set up and run a SMSF, and help you create a comfortable retirement.


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Trish Power is an author, journalist and expert communicator. She is co-founder of, an independent and free website on superannuation.

Introduction 1 Part I: Taking Control of Your Super 7 Chapter 1: Is DIY Super Right for You? 9 Chapter 2: Understanding How Super Works 25 Chapter 3: How Much Super Is Enough? 45 Chapter 4: Counting On Super Contributions of All Sorts 57 Chapter 5: Getting the Right DIY Super Advice 79 Part II: Setting Up a DIY Super Fund 91 Chapter 6: How Much Does a SMSF Cost? 93 Chapter 7: Simple Steps to SMSF Start-Up 103 Chapter 8: Individual Trustees versus Corporate Trustee 117 Chapter 9: Trustee Declarations and Other Promises 127 Part III: Running Your Self-Managed Super Fund 139 Chapter 10: Finding a Fund Administrator, or Not 141 Chapter 11: Do the Right Thing Compliance 149 Chapter 12: Act Like You re the Boss Reporting 159 Chapter 13: It s Always Tax Time 169 Part IV: Investing Your DIY Super Money 181 Chapter 14: Exploring the World of Super Investing 183 Chapter 15: Super s Special Investment Rules 197 Chapter 16: Borrowing and DIY Super 213 Chapter 17: Investing in Property 223 Chapter 18: Investing and Super Tax 235 Part V: Paying Super Benefits from Your Fund 243 Chapter 19: Retiring is Just the Beginning 245 Chapter 20: Your Super and the Age Pension 259 Chapter 21: Running a DIY Super Pension 271 Chapter 22: Making Contributions while Taking a Pension 285 Chapter 23: Divorce and Your SMSF 293 Chapter 24: Looking After Your Family 299 Part VI: The Part of Tens 313 Chapter 25: Ten Special Features of DIY Super 315 Chapter 26: Ten Commandments of DIY Super 321 Part VII: Appendixes 329 Appendix A: SMSF Compliance and Administration Checklist 331 Appendix B: Handy Super Resources and ATO Publications 335 Index 343

General Fields

  • : 9780730315346
  • : John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited
  • : John Wiley & Sons Australia, Limited
  • : January 2015
  • : 250mm X 150mm X 15mm
  • : February 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Trish Power
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Australian ed
  • : English
  • : 376