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1 in 10 SMSFs failing regulatory obligations

Failing regulatory obligations
Miranda Brownlee
31 October 2017 — 1 minute read

Almost 1 in 10 SMSFs have failed to meet their regulatory and income tax lodgement obligations with the ATO now actively pursuing these funds, according to the tax office's latest annual report.

In the latest ATO Annual Report, the ATO said in the 2016/17 financial year it identified that 9 per cent of SMSFs had failed to meet their regulatory and income tax lodgement obligations for both 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial year.

This represents around 54,000 funds out of the total 597,000 SMSFs at 30 June 2017.


“Accordingly, we implemented a strategy of differentiated treatments and initial results have seen around 12 per cent of funds taking action to wind up or bring their lodgements up to date,” the ATO said.

“We continue to actively pursue the remaining funds to either bring them back to regulatory compliance or remove them from the system.”

Last month the ATO told the SMSF Summit that around 40,000 SMSFs were now at risk of being made non-compliant and that it was undertaking audits on a significant number of funds.

The report also indicated that for 2015/16 SMSF annual returns due during the 2016/17 year, 93 per cent were on time. All SMSFs were given an extension until 1 July 2017 to enable them to better prepare for the new superannuation measures implemented from that date.

There was a slight improvement with the on time payment of tax obligations with 79 per cent of SMSF liabilities paid on time, up four percentage points from last year.

Ninety six per cent were paid within 90 days of the due date which is up two percentage points from last year.

At 30 June 2017, SMSFs owed $123.4 million in collectable tax debt, down 23 per cent from last year.


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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