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Licensee in hot water over super switching advice

19-Dec-2017 Miranda Brownlee, SMSF Adviser

ASIC has accepted an enforceable undertaking from an AFS licensee after ASIC surveillance found its advisers had provided inappropriate advice on switching superannuation funds.

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Consultancy firm highlights further issues with tax advice guidance

13-Dec-2017 Miranda Brownlee, SMSF Adviser

A consultancy firm has called on ASIC to further review its interpretation of regulation 7.1.29(4), with licensed accountants still missing out on many of the exemptions available to unlicensed accountants. In a paper written in conjunction with law firm Holley Nethercote, Licensing for Accountants chief executive Kath Bowler said ASIC has only provided guidance on one of the two taxation advice exemptions in Information Sheet 216, and it remains unclear how the potentially broader exemption in S766(B)(5)(c) applies.

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When planners get double the punishment of unlicensed operators

12-Dec-2017 Mike Taylor, Money Management

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) should focus its increased powers and ability to impose harsher penalties on those seeking to provide unlicensed advice, rather than licensed planners guilty of no more than unintentional mistakes, according to the Financial Planning Association (FPA). In a submission responding to ASIC Enforcement Taskforce position paper on Strengthening Penalties for Corporate and Financial Sector Misconduct, the FPA makes clear that it wants the regulator to move away from a regime based on the harsh imposition of compliance around disclosure while overlooking the greater threat posed by those providing unlicensed advice.

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Wholesale client tests cause havoc for SMSF firms

07-Dec-2017 Miranda Brownlee, SMSF Adviser

The application of the wholesale client eligibility rules for SMSFs is confusing and causing frustration for accounting firms with high-net-worth clients, according to a consultancy firm. Speaking to SMSF Adviser, Licensing for Accountants chief executive Kath Bowler said there is no simple definition under the legislation of what a wholesale and retail client are in relation to superannuation.

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