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ATO targeting SMSF non-compliance

The Tax Office is warning SMSF trustees that they will be contacting SMSFs that have not regularly complied with their lodgment obligations.

The ATO is reminding trustees that lodging an SMSF annual return is an obligation and failure to do so is a breach of super laws.

To avoid penalties, the Tax Office is urging SMSF trustees to bring their lodgments up to date as soon as possible.

Trustees who cannot meet any deadlines will risk becoming disqualified as a trustee for persistent non-lodgment, their SMSF may be made non-compliant and the ATO will raise default assessments.

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Updates to the unclaimed superannuation money protocol

January 15, 2020

The Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999 (SUMLMA), more commonly known as the unclaimed superannuation money protocol, has been updated recently to provide a clearer structure going forward.

SUMLMA provides guidance on in relation to unclaimed money, lost member accounts, superannuation accounts of former temporary residents and their associated reporting and payment obligations. The update has now added content on inactive low balance accounts.

The act now clearly defines what is an inactive low-balance account, how statements and payments work, the registering of lost members and various rules for special cases.

It is important to note that the information in the protocol does not apply to super providers that are trustees of a state or territory public sector super scheme, in which:

The protocol provides administrative guidance only and should not be taken as a replacement for the law or technical reporting specifications.