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SMSF lodgments spike in final weeks to deadline

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Miranda Brownlee
22 May 2019 — 1 minute read

Lodgment rates for SMSFs has have jumped significantly over a two week period, with 72.3 per cent of the SMSF population having lodged their return as of 18 May, according to the ATO.

According to the latest data from the ATO, the lodgment rate for SMSF annual returns had climbed to 72.3 per cent at 18 May 2019, a substantial increase from the 60 per cent that had lodged their return on 4 May.

While many SMSFs were required to lodge by 15 May this year, some funds will have slightly longer.


The due date for annual returns that are non-taxable or received a refund in the latest year and are non-taxable or will receive a refund in the current year will be due 5 June this year.

The ATO noted that this concession is only available to super funds with a lodgment due date of 15 May 2019.

It is not available to large or medium taxpayers or funds with an earlier due date, it said.

ATO assistant commissioner Dana Fleming said there is now only a small percentage of returns outstanding.

She also thanked SMSF tax agents and auditors for their efforts in meeting the 15 May 2019 lodgment date for the 2018 income year, with 91.3 per cent of the expected 2018 SMSF annual returns being lodged on time.

“Excluding 2017, when there was an extension to 30 June 2018, this is the best result in 5 years. Only 3.8 per cent were lodged late and less than 5 per cent remain outstanding,” said Ms Fleming.

“We will continue to work with tax agents to support them with these remaining lodgments.”



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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