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SG amnesty to become law after passage through Parliament

SG amnesty to become law after passage through Parliament
Jotham Lian
24 February 2020 — 1 minute read

The superannuation guarantee amnesty bill has passed both houses of Parliament, allowing employers up to six months to disclose historical non-compliance before tougher penalties apply.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Recovering Unpaid Superannuation) Bill 2019 has now been passed and is awaiting royal assent.

The SG amnesty provides for a one-off amnesty to encourage employers to self-correct historical SG non-compliance dating from 1 July 1992 to 24 May 2018.
It will allow employers to claim tax deductions for payments of SG charge or contributions made during the amnesty period to offset SG charge, as well as remove the administrative component and the Part 7 penalty that may otherwise apply in relation to SG non-compliance.

The amnesty period will start from 24 May 2018 and end six months from the date it receives royal assent.

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The new legislation will also impose minimum penalties on employers who fail to come forward during the amnesty period by limiting the commissioner’s ability to remit penalties below 100 per cent of the amount of SG charge payable.

Around 7,000 employers have since come forward to voluntarily disclose historical unpaid super since the amnesty was first announced on 24 May 2018.

Treasury estimates an additional 7,000 employers will come forward during the six-month amnesty period, returning $230 million of superannuation to employees who may have otherwise completely missed out.

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