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SuperStream checklist

All businesses should now be SuperStream compliant. SuperStream is a standard for processing superannuation data and payments electronically.

Employers must pay employee super contributions electronically (EFT or BPAY) and send the associated data electronically under SuperStream.

SuperStream ensures the data is in a standard format so it can be transmitted consistently across the super system – between employers, funds, service providers and the Tax Office.

For those businesses who have not made the switch, here is a guide to be SuperStream ready:

  1. Choose an option

SuperStream requires you to pay super and send employee information electronically. If you already do this, you may only need to refine your system to send the contribution data in the standard format. You can use:

If you are unsure of which option to choose, contact one of our accountants to help you select the most suitable option for your business.

  1. Collect information and update your records

You may need to collect additional information from your employees, including:

For employees with a self-managed super fund, you will need:

  1. Use SuperStream

Once you have all the employee information, you can start using SuperStream as soon as possible. It is still the employer’s responsibility to meet the super guarantee obligations by the due dates. Those using a clearing house must check how long it will take to send the money and information the super fund. Generally, an employee’s super contribution is counted as being paid on the date the fund receives it, not the date a clearing house receives it from you.

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

July 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early.

A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released.

The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so.

Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution.

The Tax Office encourages those members who have been involved in an illegal super scheme to contact them immediately. The ATO will review your voluntary disclosure and take your circumstances into account when determining any penalties.