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SMSF COVID-19 Audit Relief Extended

Nov 12, 2021 | Accounting, Real News, SMSF, Superannuation

The ATO has extended COVID-19 relief for SMSF trustees. The relief measures, which protect trustees from COVID-19 related contraventions of the super laws, now extend from the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years. See below for SMSF COVID-19 Audit Relief Extended!

We understand that COVID-19 continues to have a significant financial effect on self-managed super funds (SMSFs), particularly in some States or Territories where there are reoccurring and prolonged lockdown periods.

As a result, you may still find yourself in a position where you (in your role as trustee), or a related party of the fund, are having to provide or accept certain types of relief, which may give rise to contraventions under the super laws.

The COVID-19 health crisis has also resulted in many countries imposing travel bans and restrictions, and you may have become stranded overseas for long periods, which can have an effect on your fund’s residency status.

In recognition of this, the ATO have extended the following types of relief, currently offered for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years, to cover the 2021–22 financial year.

You must ensure you properly document the relief and can provide your approved SMSF auditor with evidence to support it for the purposes of the annual SMSF audit.

The relief measures provide:

  • Residency relief where the pandemic has prevented members from returning to Australia. This measure prevents the SMSF from breaching the residency conditions to be an Australian super fund.
  • Rental relief where a COVID-19 reduction, waiver or deferral has been provided to a tenant.
  • Loan repayment relief where relief is provided on commercial terms.
  • In-house asset relief where the SMSF exceeded the 5% in-house asset threshold at 30 June due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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DGL are SMSF specialists and are here to answer any questions in regards to your superannuation and COVID-19, please reach out to us should you require assistance.