Why to lodge SMSF tax return on time and consequences of not lodging on time?

MELBOURNE, Australia - Dec. 20, 2023 - PRLog -- For tax purposes entities that are required to lodge tax return mostly try to lodge on time to avoid penalties and chased by the tax office. When is comes to SMSFs tax return lodgment on time is even more important.

What are the reasons for lodgment of annual return by SMSFs on time?

Other entities like companies or individual returns, Ato's main role are to collect tax. But when it comes to SMSFs they also have the role of compliance to make sure superfunds are following the SIS rules as they are also the regulators of the SMSFs in Australia. Tax office get the support of the SMSF auditors to make sure self-managed super fund comply with the rules and if not, auditors have the role to report to Ato.

When the superannuation tax return is lodged there are labels on the tax return for qualification or not by the auditor. Ato relies on these answers to make sure SMSFs are doing the right thing or not. In situation where the return is not lodged on time or not lodged for multiple years Ato does not know whether the SMSF is following the rules or not. That is where they chase to the overdue lodgments and make sure lodgments are up to date.

With the changes of rules in the recent years its important to lodge annual return on time as members needs to check last years member balance to make sure they follow the contribution rules, if fund in pension how much they need to withdraw to meet minimum and maximum pension payment requirements and other

What are the consequences of not lodging the SMSF annual return on time?

Lodgment of the SMSF tax return is important as it covers tax position of the fund, regulatory information, contributions reporting, paying super levy and if not lodged on time consequences could be the lose of the tax concession and fines.

Superfund Lookup Status removes

If the SMSFs annual return is overdue for more than two weeks the status on Superfund Lookup will change to regulation details removed. With this status employer will not be able to make contributions for members or no rollover can be processed and this status will only be updated once all the overdue lodgment are met.

Penalties for late lodgment

SMSF can get fines from the tax office for late lodgments. For each period of non-lodgment failure to lodge penalty is one -penalty unit for each period of 28 days (or part thereof) up to a maximum of five penalty units.

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