Webinar – Death of an SMSF member

The death of an SMSF member can often catch a fund off guard even when the member’s health is such that their death is expected.  There has been a lot of SMSF media coverage about the requirements for making a binding death benefit nomination, whether a payment is a member benefit or a death benefit, the pros and cons of reversionary pensions and of course highlighting the numerous cases where death benefit disputes become the topic for the next SMSF presentation.

In this webinar we will focus on the administrative issues in contemplation of a member passing away.  What does the Trust Deed say about the appointment and removal of both a member and a trustee, what does that same set of governing rules say about binding nominations and reversionary pensions.  What are the legislative or otherwise timing issues of paying a death benefit, adding/removing members and trustees, reporting for transfer balance account purposes and notifying the ATO and in some instances ASIC of the changes.  How does all of this impact the fund?

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this webinar, participants will have an appreciation for:

  • The superannuation legislative considerations when a member dies
  • The key considerations of a Trust Deed for dealing with death
  • The reporting obligations for a fund
  • Best practice SMSF death benefit processes

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Presenter: Tim Miller

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday 15th March

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 AEDT

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SuperGuardian’s education activities are assessed against the SMSF Association’s professional education standards. Being recognised as an SMSF Association Accredited Educator enables us to work closely with the Association in lifting the standards of professional SMSF advice and services through quality SMSF education.


Tim Miller

Tim Miller is the SMSF Technical and Education Manager at Smarter SMSF and is one of Australia’s leading SMSF educators and presenters with over 25 years’ experience in the Superannuation industry.  His experience has been gained through providing legislative and compliance support to thousands of Trustees, Accountants and Financial Planners since joining the SMSF sector in 1999.  In addition to servicing the needs of SMSF clients, his practical and personable approach to compliance has made him a much sought after presenter.

Tim regularly presents at the major SMSF conferences and events, contributes to various trade and general publications, he is a Fellow SMSF Association Specialist and was awarded the CEO Award at the 2023 SMSF Association National Conference for services to the SMSF sector.