September 2010 Newsletter
New SMSF Member Verification Process in the Pipeline
The Tax Office has announced that it expects to implement, later this year, a new self-managed super fund (SMSF) member verification process, which is designed to enable authorised APRA-regulated super funds and other authorised entities to confirm whether or not the member requesting a rollover is actually a member of the SMSF.
The new process adds another plank to efforts by the Tax Office to deter schemes which seek to obtain illegal early access to or release of superannuation. The first plank, which has been in operation since January this year, involved upgrading the SMSF registration process so that new SMSFs may not be displayed on the Super Fund Lookup (SFLU) Website for up to seven days while the Tax Office carries out a risk assessment of the SMSF.
TIP: The new process is expected to make processing member rollovers from superannuation funds to SMSFs more efficient and secure. However, it would be important for the Tax Office to be notified quickly of any SMSF membership changes. For example, it would be prudent to ensure name changes are appropriately dealt with before a rollover is attempted by a member.