SMSFs flagged on technical requirement challenges for SuperStream changes
SMSFs that will be affected by ATO’s new SuperStream changes will need to prepare for various technical requirements that can impact the rollover, according to a law firm.
The ATO had recently advised SMSF trustees and their professionals the need to start planning for the incoming changeover to the new SuperStream Rollover v3 system.
In a recent Townsends Lawyers update, solicitor Elizabeth Wang said SMSFs will need to take care when navigating various technical requirements that can affect the rollover during the SuperStream changes.
In an example provided, John and Mary have an SMSF. John has decided to establish his own SMSF where he will be the sole member of the fund and will act as the sole director and sole company secretary of the corporate trustee.
John wants to know what the necessary steps are to transfer his entire member balance to his new SMSF as the exiting member.
“As the exiting member, John must request his benefits be transferred to his newly establishment SMSF,” Ms Wang said.
“To do this, John must complete a Transfer Request (ATO Form 75359). ATO Form 75359 enables an existing member to request a rollover of their whole super balance to either an SMSF or other eligible super entity.
“The current trustee of John and Mary’s SMSF must be satisfied that the nominated receiving fund is a regulated superannuation fund, approved deposit fund or retirement savings account. It must also accept the transfer request and authorise payment of the exiting member’s benefit to the trustee of the receiving superannuation entity.”
Ms Wang noted the ATO has recently announced that APRA-regulated funds and SMSFs that receive a request to roll over their member’s super balance to an SMSF must use the SMSF verification service (SVS) to verify the SMSF’s details before making the rollover in accordance with Regulation 6.33E of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR).
“The SMSF verification service (SVS) will either provide a verified or non-verified response. The SMSF can only proceed with a rollover once it has received a verified response. For non-verified responses, the SMSF/member should contact the ATO to confirm their details so they can re-initiate the rollover,” Ms Wang noted.
As a result, the trustee must issue a Rollover Benefits Statement to John’s new SMSF as the receiving fund within three days of payment of the benefit using the SuperStream data and payments standards, according to Ms Wang.
If the rollover SuperStream standard does not apply to the transaction, the trustee must complete a Rollover Benefits Statement or a Death Benefit Rollover Statement (DBRS) (if applicable) to the receiving fund within seven days of paying the rollover and provide a copy to the existing member within 30 days of payment of the benefit.
“It is important to note that from 1 October 2021, it will be mandatory to use SuperStream to digitally roll over any member benefits from and to an SMSF,” Ms Wang explained.
“Trustees can provide the Rollover Benefit Statement to the receiving fund by sending the information electronically via SuperStream. If the trustee is unable to send the information electronically via SuperStream, the trustee must provide a paper statement to the receiving fund using the ATO Form NAT 70944.
“A copy of the Rollover Benefits Statement (ATO Form NAT 70944 or a similar form containing the equivalent information) must also be provided to the relevant member within 30 days of the rollover payment.”
Ms Wang noted that John’s benefits must be paid as soon as possible after the acceptance of the transfer request, but, in any event, must be paid within 30 days. The payment of the exiting member’s benefit will cause the exiting member’s membership to terminate.
“As there is a change of member in John and Mary’s SMSF, Mary, being the sole member of the fund, will need to notify the ATO of John’s exit from the fund within 28 days of John ceasing to be a member of the fund,” she said.
“Mary can notify the ATO by completing Form 3036. The ATO will also need to be notified of any change in trustee/director. Form 3036 can also be used.
“The trustee of John and Mary’s SMSF is a corporate trustee. John must resign in writing as a director of that company at the time of the rollover. Mary must notify ASIC that John as the exiting member is ceasing to be a director of the corporate trustee. Mary can complete the online ASIC Form 484 within 28 days.”