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Low balance threshold for TBAR a ‘dangerous’ proposition

Miranda Brownlee
12 October 2017 — 1 minute read

Introducing a low balance threshold for events-based reporting may result in additional work for SMSF practitioners and diminish the integrity of the superannuation system, according to an industry consultant.

Miller Super Solutions founder Tim Miller said he believes transfer balance cap reporting should apply to all SMSFs, rather than having different rules for different funds.

“The government's agenda was to maintain integrity or have some level of integrity in the system, and I think once you start having different rules for different people then all of a sudden you start to throw that integrity out of the window,” said Mr Miller.


“If you're going to have a rule for SMSFs, then have a rule for all SMSFs.”

Mr Miller said it’s also unclear why $1 million has been singled out as the threshold amount.

“What makes $1 million the magical number anyway? What about all those clients that have got $1,000,005? Why should they have to report and someone with $6 less than them doesn't have to,” he said.

“You always start to get into dangerous territory when you bring in low balances and I understand the reference to how far away it is from $1.6 million so there's no risk of a transfer balance cap excess, but then why not $1.4 million? There's no logic to it.”

Mr Miller also noted that with the one-year transitional period, and the ATO stating that they plan to take an educational approach for the first 12 months of the new reporting, this effectively means a two-year transitional period for the industry.

“[With a low balance threshold] there's also additional work that's going to be involved in working out which clients are below or above and then doing the reporting for some and not others.”

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years. 

Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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