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ATO disqualifies 83 SMSF trustees in March quarter

Miranda Brownlee
17 June 2022 — 1 minute read

The ATO has provided an update on SMSF trustee disqualifications for the 2021-22 financial year.

The Tax Office this week published an update to its register of disqualified trustees to include the March 2022 quarter.

According to the Trustee disqualification register, 83 individuals were disqualified from being a trustee during the March quarter. This brings the total number of disqualifications for the 2021-22 financial year to 170.


This represents a 23 per cent increase in disqualifications from the first three quarters of the 2020-21 financial year, when 138 individuals were disqualified.

There were 197 individuals disqualified in total during the 2020-21 financial year.

The ATO stated that it will disqualify an individual from being a trustee or director of a corporate trustee where they don’t comply with the super law, or where the ATO has concerns about their suitability to be a trustee.

“The register is regularly checked by SMSF professionals, including SMSF auditors, to see if an individual has been disqualified by us,” the ATO said.

Last month, the ATO urged auditors to verify all new trustees using the disqualified trustee register and make periodic checks on their existing clients.

“Auditors should also check whether trustees have been disqualified for other reasons such as they are insolvent, under administration, or have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty,” it stated.

Where a trustee has been disqualified, the ATO said it will also send an email notification to the auditor for the fund.



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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