RENT RELIEF extended by ATO for SMSFs for 2021-22


SMSF Rent Relief

Extended COVID Rent Relief for 2021/22

Having asked the SMSF Association to reach out to the ATO and see if they were willing to extend the Rent Relief for the current financial year, I was please with the ATO initial response that they were already considering it and now they have extended the relief for the year which will help many struggling businesses and allow SMSF trustees to support good long term tenants including Related Party tenants.

In their latest update on the subject the ATO said that COVID-19 continues to have a significant financial effect on SMSFs, particularly in some states or territories where there are re-occurring 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 ATO said.

Copy of full statement here

So you still need to have the proper documentation, on commercial terms. But if you do that then if the rental or loan repayment relief involving an SMSF, related non-geared company or unit trust, or a related tenant in the form of a reduction, waiver, or deferral gives rise to a contravention of the super laws, the ATO will not take any compliance action against the fund.

I have outlined the process for dealing with the paperwork to put this in place in a previous article COVID-19 Providing rental relief for the tenant in an SMSF property

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This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. This website provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.

Federal Budget 2021 Summary – An SMSF Friendly Budget


We expected this year’s Federal Budget to have a strong emphasis on job growth and improvement of women’s security and ability to get back to work cost effectively. There were pleasant surprises from an SMSF perspective. The key measures that you should be aware of are outlined below with some commentary and tips. I have benefited from the technical input of the SMSF Association, Accurium Technical and conversation with other professionals in preparing this content.

All measures outlined below, other than the proposed changes to legacy retirement products, are expected to commence from 1 July 2022, once they have received Royal Assent.

Repealing the work test for voluntary contributions

Individuals aged 67 to 74 (inclusive) will be able to make non-concessional (including under the bring-forward rule) or salary sacrifice contributions without meeting the work test, subject to existing contribution caps and existing total superannuation balance limits.

TIP: The waiver of the work test will not apply to personal deductible contributions, so individuals aged 67 – 74 wishing to claim a tax deduction for personal contributions will be required to meet the work test (or be eligible to apply the work test exemption).

Individuals aged 65 to 74 will also be able to use the bring forward provisions subject to the available caps and meeting the total super balance criteria. Currently, only those under age 65 on 1 July of a financial year can trigger the bring forward provision in that financial year. The measure that was originally announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget to extend this age from 65 to 67 effective 1 July 2020 has not been legislated.

The new measures present opportunities for many from 1 July 2022 including:

Opportunity to even up spouse balances and maximise superannuation in pension phase – Couples where one spouse has exhausted their transfer balance cap and has excess amounts in accumulation are able to withdraw and recontribute to the other spouse who has transfer balance cap space available to commence a retirement phase income stream. This can increase the tax efficiency of the couple’s retirement assets as more of their savings are in the tax-free pension phase environment.

Top up retirement savings up to age 74 – Subject to contribution caps, the new rules can help individuals contribute additional funds to super up to age 74, perhaps where they may have received an inheritance or sold an investment property.

Make your tax components more tax free by using recontribution strategies – SMSF members can cash out their existing super and re-contribute (subject to their contribution caps) them back in to the fund to help reduce tax payable from any super death benefits left to non-tax dependants. They can now do this until they turn age 75.

TIP: There is always a cost of making changes so work with your adviser and accountant to time these strategies to minimise additional accounting costs.

Opportunities to make spouse contributions for longer – The new rules can provide you with the opportunity to continue making spouse contributions which can not only help with equalising super between spouses, but may also enable the contributing spouse to benefit from the spouse contribution tax

Reducing the eligibility age for downsizer contributions

The eligibility age to make downsizer contributions into superannuation will be reduced from 65 to 60 years of age. All other eligibility criteria remains unchanged, allowing individuals to make a one-off, post-tax contribution to their superannuation of up to $300,000, per person, from the proceeds of selling their home. These contributions will continue not to count towards non-concessional contribution caps.

The new rules will allow more individuals to contribute more of their sale proceeds to super – under both the $300,000 downsizer limit (or $600,000 for a couple) and the $330,000 bring forward NCC cap each as well. This would allow for up to $630,000 in one year contributions for as single person and $1,260,000 for a couple subject to their contributions caps/

Tip: Great for people who have little super and invested in their business or property to now switch to tax effective pensions.

Relaxing residency requirements for SMSFs

SMSFs and small APRA funds will have relaxed residency requirements through the extension of the central management and control test safe harbour from two to five years. The active member test will also be removed, allowing members who are temporarily absent to continue to contribute to their SMSF. The Government expects this measure will have effect from 1 July 2022.

TIP: Probably going to be useful post-covid for those working or traveling extended periods overseas and levels the playing field somewhat with APRA funds.

No change to legislated Super Guarantee increase

The Government will not change the legislated increase in the Super Guarantee (SG) in this year’s Budget. SG will increase to 10% from 1 July 2021 and then gradually increase to 12% as follows:

Table 21: Super guarantee percentage

PeriodGeneral super guarantee (%)
1 July 2020 – 30 June 20219.50
1 July 2021 – 30 June 202210.00
1 July 2022 – 30 June 202310.50
1 July 2023 – 30 June 202411.00
1 July 2024 – 30 June 202511.50
1 July 2025 – 30 June 202612.00
1 July 2026 – 30 June 202712.00
1 July 2027 – 30 June 2028 and onwards12.00

Legacy retirement product conversions

Individuals will be able to exit a specified range of legacy retirement products, together with any associated reserves over a two-year period. The specified range of legacy retirement products includes market-linked, life expectancy and lifetime products, but not flexi-pension products or a lifetime product in a large APRA-regulated or public sector defined benefit scheme.

Currently, these products can only be converted into another like product and limits apply to the allocation of any associated reserves without counting towards an individual’s contribution cap.

Some detail provided in respect to the features of this proposed measure include:

  • If a client chooses to commute their legacy pension, the social security and taxation treatment from the legacy product will not be grandfathered. Age Pension clients who currently benefit from a 100% or 50% asset-test exemption on their legacy pension may benefit from continuing their income stream.
  • Exiting a product will not cause re-assessment of prior social security treatment of the product, for example the deprivation rules.
  • Any commuted reserves will be taxed as an assessable contribution of the fund (with a 15% tax rate) but will not count towards the individual’s concessional contribution cap.
  • The existing transfer balance cap valuations for any commencement or commutation continue to apply.
  • Once the commuted amount is in accumulation phase the member can decide what to do with that balance such as take a lump sum, retain in accumulation, or commence a pension (subject to the individual’s transfer balance cap).
  • The measure will not apply to flexi-pension products or a lifetime product in a large APRA-regulated or public sector defined benefit scheme.

This measure will take effect from the first financial year after the date of Royal Assent of the enabling legislation. 

TRAP: Please seek advice before using this strategy as you do not want to lose Age Pension benefits in this low interest rate environment.

Super and Property for your children or low income partner

Removing the $450 per month threshold for superannuation guarantee eligibility

The Government will remove the current $450 per month minimum income threshold, under which employees do not have to be paid the superannuation guarantee by their employer.

Great move and will help people get more benefit from super. If you can combine this with a personal contribution yourself or for a low income spouse of $20 per week ($1,000 per annum) then the member may benefit from the Government Co-Contribution of up to $500 per year.

First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS)— increasing the maximum releasable amount to $50,000

The Government will increase the maximum releasable amount of voluntary concessional and non-concessional contributions under the FHSSS from $30,000 to $50,000.

Voluntary contributions made from 1 July 2017 up to the existing limit of $15,000 per year will count towards the total amount able to be released. Subject to passage of legislation, it is expected that this measure will be effective from 1 July 2022.

The Government will further make four technical changes to the legislation underpinning the FHSSS to improve its operation as well as the experience of first home buyers using the scheme.

Tip. This is a great way to show your children the benefit of salary sacrifice and get them used to putting savings away.

Social security (Benefits for you or you mum and/or dad

Improving the Pension Loan Scheme

Current

The Pension Loan Scheme (PLS) allows a fortnightly loan of up to 150% of the maximum rate of Age Pension to help boost a person’s retirement income by unlocking capital in their real estate assets. It can be available for self-funded retirees who are Age Pension age but do not receive a social security pension. Interest is compounded fortnightly at 4.50% p.a., and any debt under the scheme is paid back when the property is sold or the person dies.

Proposal

From 1 July 2022, the Government will introduce a No Negative Equity Guarantee for PLS loans and allow people access to a capped advance lump sum payment.

►          No negative equity guarantee

Borrowers under the PLS, or their estate, will not owe more than the market value of their property, in the rare circumstances where their accrued PLS debt exceeds their property value. This brings the PLS in line with private sector reverse mortgages.

►          Immediate access to lump sums under the PLS

Eligible people will be able to access up to two lump sum advances in any 12-month period, up to a total value of 50% of the maximum annual rate of Age Pension (currently $12,385 for singles and $18,670 for couples).

TAXATION

Low and Middle Income Tax Offset extended another year until 2021-22

The Government announced that it will retain the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) in the 2021-22 financial year. Eligibility for the LMITO:

Low and middle income tax offset
Taxable incomeOffset
$37,000 or less$255
Between $37,001 and $48,000$255 plus 7.5 cents for every dollar above $37,000, up to a maximum of $1,080
Between $48,001 and $90,000$1,080
Between $90,001 and $126,000$1,080 minus 3 cents for every dollar of the amount above $90,000

Increasing the Medicare levy low-income thresholds

The income thresholds at which Medicare levy is payable for singles, families and pensioners will be increased for the 2020-21 financial year as follows:

  • Singles will be increased from $22,801 to $23,226.
  • The family threshold will be increased from $38,474 to $39,167.
  • For single seniors and pensioners, the threshold will be increased from $36,056 to $36,705. The family threshold for seniors and pensioners will be increased from $50,191 to $51,094.

For each dependent child or student, the family income thresholds increase by a further $3,597 instead of the previous amount of $3,533.

Reminder of other changes applying from 1 July 2021.

CHANGING SUPERANNUATION THRESHOLDS FROM 1 JULY 2021 TO 30 JUNE 2022

Transfer Balance Cap$1.7 million but many who have used some of their cap already will have an individual limit betwen $1.6m and $1.7m
Concessional Contribution Cap$27,500
Non-concessional Contribution Cap$110,000 or $330,000 over 3 years using the bring forward rule
Low rate cap for Lump sum withdrawals$225,000
Untaxed Plan cap$1,615,000
Account based pension paymentsReturn to default payment levels (was reduced by 50% for 2020 and 2021
Superannuation Guarantee10%
Maximum Super Contribution Base$58,920 (per quarter)
Government Co-contribution ($500)Lower income threshold – $41,112 Upper income threshold – $56,112

Looking for an adviser that will keep you up to date and provide guidance and tips like in this blog? Then why now contact me at our Castle Hill or Windsor office in Northwest Sydney to arrange a one on one consultation. Just click the Schedule Now button up on the left to find the appointment options.

Please consider passing on this article to family or friends or your tax agent! Pay it forward!

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AFP

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

SMSF Specialist Adviser
Follow SMSFCoach on Twitter
Liam Shorte on Linkedin
Verante on Facebook
Verante Financial Planning

Tel: 02 98941844, Mobile: 0413 936 299

PO Box 6002, NORWEST NSW 2153

40/8 Victoria Ave. Castle Hill NSW 2154

Corporate Authorised Representative of Viridian Select Pty Ltd ABN 41 621 447 345, AFSL 51572

This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. This website provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.

The latest ATO approach to SMSF contraventions


The ATO have recently released PS LA 2020/3 Self-managed superannuation funds – administrative penalties imposed under subsection 166(1) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SISA).

SMSF Specialist Advisers do need to be warning their clients that the ATO will be enforcing these tougher penalties and there will be no forgiveness for contraventions. However good advisers should be able to guide their clients to a better outcome through the use of the SMSF early engagement and voluntary disclosure-service

This Law Administration Practice Statement provides guidelines for the administration of penalties including the circumstances they take into account when considering remission. It acts as an instruction to ATO staff and ensures a consistent and transparent approach.

Every SMSF adviser and Trustees that feel they may have straggled the line or maybe crossed it to cause a contravention should read the statement. As usual, it is the Example Appendix that is most useful and you might even read that first here 

Here are some excerpts from the Practice Statement itself:

1. What this Practice Statement is about

The purpose of this Practice Statement is to provide guidance on:

  • when an entity becomes liable to one or more administrative penalties under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SISA)[1]
  • which entities are liable to pay the administrative penalty
  • the Commissioner’s remission considerations, and
  • objection, review and appeal rights relating to the remission decision.

The SISA sets out who is liable to the penalty, noting that the liability cannot be reimbursed from the SMSF. The penalty is imposed on the following persons:

  • a trustee of an SMSF (including an individual trustee or a corporate trustee), or
  • a director of a body corporate that is a trustee of an SMSF.[3]

2. Compliance treatments – general principles

The penalties, in conjunction with other compliance treatments under the SISA, give us effective, flexible and cost-effective mechanisms for applying appropriate sanctions.

You are not precluded from applying one or more compliance treatments within the one case. The appropriate compliance treatment depends on the circumstances of each case.

Any one or more of the following compliance treatments may also be appropriate:

  • issuing a direction to educate[5]
  • accepting an enforceable undertaking[6]
  • issuing a direction to rectify[7]
  • disqualifying an individual and prohibiting them from acting as a trustee of a super fund or as a responsible officer of a corporate trustee of a super fund[8]
  • issuing a notice of non-compliance to the fund[9]
  • seeking civil and/or criminal penalties through the courts.[10]

The following are relevant when administering these penalties (including in any review process undertaken):

  • The principles underpinning the compliance model require us to be fair to those trustees wanting to do the right thing, and being firm but fair with those choosing to disengage and avoid their taxation obligations.
  • The Taxpayers’ Charter requires us to treat a trustee as being honest. We accept that what they have told us is the truth and the information they have provided is complete and accurate unless we have reason to think otherwise.
  • Decisions must be supported by the available facts and evidence. Conclusions about the trustee’s actions or behaviour should only be made where they are supported by facts, or can be reasonably inferred from those facts.
  • The trustee will be invited to explain their actions before the remission decision is finalised and they may exercise their right to object to our penalty decision.
  • We need to be mindful of our commitment to avoid or resolve disputes as early as possible in accordance with the ATO Disputes policy and annual Dispute management plan.[11]

3. Administering the penalty

There are four basic steps in administering the penalty imposed under section 166:

  • step 1 – determine if a penalty is imposed by law
  • step 2 – determine who is liable to the penalty
  • step 3 – determine if remission is appropriate
  • step 4 – notify each trustee and/or each director of the corporate trustee of the liability to pay the penalty.

Multiple provisions breached

An unjust result may also occur in situations where multiple administrative penalties are imposed when a particular event results in contraventions of more than one provision.

The following table lists examples of possible circumstances where multiple penalties could arise under more than one provision due to a particular event, noting this is not an exhaustive list:

Circumstances or event Contravening provisions Primary contravening provision
A loan to a member or relative that was greater than 5% of the fund’s assets Subsection 65(1) for the loan and subsection 84(1) for the in-house asset Subsection 65(1)
Access to member benefits without meeting a condition of release Subsection 34(1) for operating standards and subsection 65(1) for financial assistance Subsection 34(1)

If one particular event results in multiple penalties under more than one provision, we would generally remit to a level reflecting the primary contravention. The primary contravention is determined by considering the behaviour and intention of the trustees.

Click here for access to the full PS LA 2020/3 statement

If you have read this far then I also highly recommend reading about the SMSF early engagement and voluntary disclosure-service

I applaud the ATO for giving this comprehensive guidance as so much of the concern around contraventions is not knowing how they will be dealt with and therefore people err on the side of trying to hide them!

Looking for an adviser that will keep you up to date and provide guidance and tips like in this blog? Then why now contact me at our Castle Hill or Windsor office in Northwest Sydney to arrange a one on one consultation. Just click the Schedule Now button up on the left to find the appointment options.

Please consider passing on this article to family or friends or your tax agent! Pay it forward!

Liam Shorte B.Bus SSA™ AFP

Financial Planner & SMSF Specialist Advisor™

SMSF Specialist Adviser
Follow SMSFCoach on Twitter
Liam Shorte on Linkedin
Verante on Facebook
Verante Financial Planning

Tel: 02 98941844, Mobile: 0413 936 299

PO Box 6002, NORWEST NSW 2153

40/8 Victoria Ave. Castle Hill NSW 2154

Corporate Authorised Representative of Viridian Select Pty Ltd ABN 41 621 447 345, AFSL 51572

This information has been prepared without taking account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. This website provides an overview or summary only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.

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