Wrap tax toolkit
A range of resources to support you
Tax elections for the 2017/2018 tax reports are now closed.
What are tax elections?
Online tax elections let you customise each of your clients' tax reports to suit their individual needs. You have options for managing capital gains, mailing options and the tax treatment of adviser fees. Learn more about the tax election process and tax report release with our tax elections flyer.
Current tax elections
From this year, all tax reports will be defaulted to online only. This means unless you opt your clients into receiving hard copy tax reports, they won’t be posted.
For any CGT or adviser fee options, unless you make elections for this tax reporting year, we'll carry forward your elections from last year. If you've not made elections before, or have changed or created new adviser codes since July 2017, our default elections will apply.
You can read about our default elections and other key information in our tax elections flyer.
Making elections for your clients
From our platform home page:
- for mailing or adviser fee elections follow the path: Administration > change Adviser tax election > view or maintain adviser level tax elections > Modify > select your option from the dropdown and submit.
- for capital gains elections follow the path: Administration > Investment > Enter or maintain a CGT cost base method.
Some more information on complex security holders and non-residents
While we do our best to distribute client Tax Reports as soon as possible, there are certain securities that can delay the process. If any of your clients hold one or more of the following securities, they can expect to receive their Tax Report between October and January:
- listed trusts
- international property trusts
- hedge funds
- geared investments
- instalment warrants.
Clients listed as non-residents for tax purposes are also expected to receive their Tax Report between October and January. We will advise you of any changes to this timeframe.
Non-residents and complex securities holders listed above may need to lodge their tax return through a tax agent to avoid any penalties that may apply if they do not lodge their return with the Australian Tax Office before 30 October 2018.
The tax calculations and adjustments for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 have been completed for clients' super and pension accounts.
Resulting tax adjustments were made to your clients' Cash Accounts and appeared in their Cash Transactions Report dated 19 February 2018 (the processing date). Please see below for further information regarding this adjustment.
To assist you in explaining to your clients the principles and assumptions that we have used to calculate each member's notional tax return, we have released the
- online Superannuation Tax Calculation report (available as a client report)
- Guide to Member Tax Calculation
The Guide to Member Tax Calculation is provided to you for information purposes only. No action is required from you or your clients.
Frequently asked questions
(The following are further explained in the Guide to Member Tax Calculation)
How would this affect my client?
If the annual tax liability of a member is less than the tax payments made during the year, we credit a refund to the member's Cash Account, otherwise their account is debited with a tax charge.
Which clients are included?
Clients affected are those who held active accounts during the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, and kept their accounts open until 19 February 2018.
What if my client's account is closed?
Members who leave the Fund prior to the year's annual processing date will not receive the benefit of any franking credits, foreign income tax offsets or any revenue/capital losses that have accrued. These tax benefits will be allocated on a proportional basis across all active accumulation accounts as at the processing date.
For further information, please refer to the Annual taxation adjustments section on page 31 of the Further Information Booklet.
What if my client has switched between super and pension accounts during the financial year, or since 1 July?
If your client has switched between super and pension accounts during or since the 2016/17 financial year, the tax calculation will be completed on both of these accounts, with the transactions being processed to the open account.
Why would my client be debited a tax charge?
Clients may be debited tax charges if they disposed of assets and realised capital gains as a result during the financial year.
What do my clients see?
Your clients will see different adjustments on their Cash Transactions Report depending on the type of account they hold.
For superannuation clients:
- Superannuation tax calculation adjustment (credit or debit) - the total net tax position
- Distributed tax benefit adjustment - the forfeited tax benefits from closed member accounts.
For pension clients:
- Distributed tax benefit adjustment - the franking credits applicable to the account.
For clients who have switched between super and pension:
- Distributed tax benefit adjustment (credit or debit) - the total net tax position in the closed super account
- Distributed tax benefit adjustment - the franking credits applicable to the open pension account.
Macquarie Wrap explained
We want to make it easier for you to explain what wrap is, so we’ve created an online resource for you to use with your clients. There’s a video you can share as well.
We hope these resources help to educate your clients on the (sometimes confusing) topic of wrap platforms.