The ATO has observed an increase in the number of SMSFs that fail to lodge their first annual return and become what the ATO refers to as ‘NEVER’ lodgers. The ATO is particularly concerned where there has been a roll-over into these SMSFs, as this is a strong indicator illegal early release of superannuation benefits may have occurred.
A minority of SMSF trustees continue to ignore ATO reminders about lodging annual returns. This group is now being targeted with a compliance campaign the ATO calls ‘3 strikes and you’re out’. Under this campaign, the ATO will take the following action:
Last year the ATO issued red letters to trustees who had never lodged their first annual return and has now commenced disqualifying the 95 trustees that did not respond.
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