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ATO SMSF registration checks on the rise

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Miranda Brownlee
20 May 2022 — 1 minute read

With the ATO undertaking more checks of SMSF registrations than usual, SMSF trustees should ensure they are prepared, an SMSF firm has warned.

SMSF Alliance principal David Busoli said that with the number of random ATO checks of new SMSF registrations increasing, new funds should be more prepared than usual to receive a direct phone call from the ATO.

“The result of an unsatisfactory interview could see their fund registration rejected so some preparation is advisable,” Mr Busoli cautioned.


Mr Busoli said the ATO would ask questions around why they started the fund and who is managing the fund.

“All the trustees are managing the fund together with equal input. They may seek advice from external parties but the trustees are still jointly responsible,” he said.

Trustees also need to be across what their responsibilities are and should be familiar with the contents of the trustee declaration form, he added.

If trustees need more time to prepare, it may be best to ask the ATO to phone back at a more opportune time.

Mr Busoli also pointed out that it’s important to ensure the call is actually from the ATO and not a scammer.

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 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: [email protected]momentummedia.com.au
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