Superannuation Alert - 12.9.12

Financial Services eBulletin - 12 September 2012

The Lander & Rogers Superannuation Alert is a brief overview of new developments in the superannuation industry and is in addition to our Superannuation Update, which analyses the main developments of interest in more detail.

  • On 3 September 2012, the ATO updated its website on its current compliance focus areas which include (amongst other things): 
    • Financial products (retail and wholesale) with tax outcomes unavailable in the law; and
    • Employment arrangements that are tax driven in order to avoid income tax, fringe benefits tax or super guarantee liabilities. 

  • On 4 September 2012, the ATO released information on new superannuation data and payment standards which will commence on 1 July 2013 forAPRA-regulated funds and SMSFs. It also released standards for medium and large employers making superannuation contributions (which will commence on 1 July 2014) and small employers (which will commence on 1 July 2015). 

  • On 5 September 2012, the ATO released a guide on the importance of collecting tax file numbers when contributions are made to a superannuation fund or retirement savings fund. 

  • On 6 September 2012, the ATO released a publication called Your case matters which highlights key data about Australia's tax and superannuation litigation over the past 5 years. 

  • On 8 September 2012 the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (Trustee Obligations and Prudential Standards) Bill 2012 received Royal Assent.

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