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SMSF: Parents and guardians of minors who are SMSF members can soon be a director of the corporate trustee for that minor

A proposed law due to go before Parliament in February 2012 would allow parents and guardians of minors who are SMSF members to be a director of the corporate trustee for that minor. If passed, the new law will apply from 8 October 1999.

Maddocks Financial Services Team

The change

The proposed new law would repeal and replace section 17A(3) of the SIS Act, so that if the trustee of an SMSF is a body corporate, then a parent or guardian of a member who is a minor can be a trustee-director in the member's place (including if the member does not have a legal personal representative).

As it is currently drafted, section 17A(3) does not cater for a corporate trustee. It only provides that if a member of an SMSF is underage and doesn't have a legal personal representative, then the parent or guardian of the member may be a trustee of the SMSF in place of the member (but not a member of the corporate trustee).


If the Bill is passed, this change to the SIS Act will apply from 8 October 1999.

The change is in the Tax Laws Amendment (2011 Measures No 9) Bill 2011 (Bill) which makes retrospective changes to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SIS Act). The Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives on 23 November 2011 and is due for debate in the next parliamentary term, commencing in February.

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