Xero Beautiful Business Fund

Xero Beautiful Business Fund now open

Xero Beautiful Business Fund now open for entries

The Xero Beautiful Business Fund is back for 2024. Entries are now open — small businesses that use Xero are invited to enter.

Last year, Xero launched the Xero Beautiful Business Fund, which offers more than AU$700,000 in funding to Xero customers across Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US.

If you haven’t applied yet, here’s how to get started:

Step one

Decide which of the four funding categories you’ll enter. You can submit an entry in each category if you wish.

  1. Innovating for environmental sustainability: How are you taking the next step on your environmental sustainability journey?
  2. Strengthening community connection: How are you serving your community and making a positive impact?
  3. Trailblazing with technology: How are you seeking to innovate and set pace using emerging technologies?
  4. Upskilling for the future: How are you overcoming a skills gap and preparing for the future?

Step two

It’s easy to enter. All you need to do is complete a short online form and record and upload a 90-second pitch video. This can be as simple as a self-recorded video on your phone.

Step three

Submit your entry by 27 August 2024; winners to be announced at the end of October.

For more information, please visit the Xero website »

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Changes to fuel tax credit rates

Fuel tax credit rates for business

Fuel tax credit rates change regularly.

Key points

  • Using the fuel tax credit calculator is the easiest way to work out what you can claim in your business activity statement (BAS), or calculate an adjustment or correction for a previous BAS
  • Before claiming fuel tax credits, check your eligibility to claim using the ATO’s eligibility tool
  • Fuel tax credit rates are indexed twice a year – in February and August – in line with the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI indexation factor for rates from 5 February 2024 is 1.018.

Fuel excise duty was temporarily reduced from 30 March 2022 to 28 September 2022. This reduction applied to excise and excise equivalent customs duty rates for petrol, diesel and all other fuel and petroleum-based products (except aviation fuels). This affected the fuel tax credit rates during that period.

Fuel tax credit rates also change for fuel (liquid fuels such as petrol and diesel, and gaseous fuels such as liquefied natural gas) used in a heavy vehicle for travelling on a public road due to changes in the road user charge.

Rates for biodiesel (B100) will also change each year until 1 July 2030.

Current fuel tax credit rates

For current fuel tax rates, see From 1 July 2024 to 4 August 2024.

Past fuel tax credit rates

There are time limits for claiming fuel tax credits or making adjustments and correcting errors. You need to claim your fuel tax credits within 4 years of the due date of the earliest BAS in which you could have made your claim. If you don’t claim the credits within that time, you’ll no longer be eligible to claim them. Use the fuel tax credit calculator to work out the amounts for your BAS up to 4 years ago.

Always keep accurate records to support your claims:

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Small Business Instant Asset Write-Off Update

Government support for small business passes Parliament

The Federal Government’s measures to support small businesses has passed in Parliament this week.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Support for Small Business and Charities and Other Measures) Bill 2023 (the Bill) delivers measures announced in last year’s Budget to ease pressure and boost resilience for small businesses.

Key points

  • The Bill will implement a $20,000 instant asset write‑off for assets first used or installed ready for use between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024
  • This will improve cash flow and reduce compliance costs for small businesses with a turnover up to $10 million
  • The $20,000 threshold will apply on a per asset basis, so small businesses can write‑off multiple assets
  • Changes are scheduled to commence from 1 July.

The Government’s Small Business Statement in the Budget outlines more than $640 million in small business measures, including a further targeted 12‑months of the $20,000 instant asset write‑off and an additional $3.5 billion of energy bill relief to households and small businesses through the Energy Bill Relief Fund.

The Small Business Energy Incentive, a 2023–24 Budget measure designed to help small and medium businesses save on their energy bills, is designed to help small and medium businesses with turnover up to $50 million pay for upgrades to heating and cooling systems, install batteries and switch to energy saving electrical goods such as efficient fridges.

To read our comprehensive Budget overview please click the button below. 

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Changes to car thresholds from 1 July

The following car threshold amounts will apply for the 2024–25 financial year.

Income tax

  • The car limit for 2024–25 is $69,674. This is the highest value you can use to calculate depreciation on a car where both of the following apply:
    • you use the car for business purposes
    • you first use or lease the car in the 2024–25 income year.
  • As a business owner, you can claim a tax deduction for expenses for motor vehicles you use for business purposes.
  • If you use a motor vehicle for both business and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the business part. You must be able to show the percentage you claim as business use and have records to support your claim.

Goods and services tax (GST)

  • If you buy a car and the price is more than the car limit, the maximum GST credit you can claim (except in certain circumstances) is one-eleventh of the car limit. For the 2024–25 income year, the maximum GST credit you can claim is $6,334 (that is, 1/11 × $69,674).
  • You can’t claim a GST credit for any luxury car tax you pay when you buy a luxury car, even if you use it for business purposes.

Luxury car tax (LCT)

  • The LCT threshold for 2024–25 is:
    • $91,387 for fuel-efficient vehicles. This is in line with an increase to the motor-vehicle purchase sub-group of the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
    • $80,567 for all other luxury vehicles, in line with an increase in the ‘All Groups’ CPI.

If you’re looking to buy a luxury car, remember to be cautious of those who offer to buy one from a dealer on your behalf at a discount. This may be a scheme to evade LCT. You may be at risk if they don’t have the right insurance or if the car is damaged or defective.

To find out more about LCT, including when you need to apply it and what’s included in the LCT value of a car, visit the Luxury car tax page on the ATO’s website.

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Steps to process and finalise payroll

With mere weeks remaining in FY24, now is a great time to think about your EOFY preparation.

A good place to start? Preparing your payroll to make finalisation as easy as possible come July.

Completing your EOFY is better off in Xero. To help Xero Users get through from start to finish, we’ve included some handy steps to guide you through the process.

1. Check your employees’ records 

As part of Single Touch Payroll (STP), there are key compliance requirements that affect the way employees are set up in Xero. 

In Xero Payroll, all active and terminated employees (who will be included in the STP finalisation for the financial year) will need an employment type, income type and tax scale defined in their records. 

Review your employees’ records to ensure they’re STP compliant. You can run the Employee Contact Details report to check for accuracy, keeping a close eye on things like date of birth, email address and postcode.

2. Review pay items and their settings

Under STP,  the ATO requires the correct reporting categories to be used for your earnings, deduction and paid leave pay items. Allowances will also need to be assigned an appropriate reporting type.

Because these categories tell the ATO how to treat each type of payment you’re reporting through STP, it’s important to double-check that the earnings, deduction, paid leave and allowance pay items used in the current financial year are correctly assigned. 

3. Post and file any pay runs for the 2023/2024 financial year

Any pay runs with a payment date in this financial year will need to be posted and filed before you complete your employees’ STP finalisation. If these pay runs are to be reported in FY24, remember that you’ll need to make sure the payment date is on or before 30 June 2024.

Be sure to check that all of your pay runs have been filed to the ATO successfully using STP.

4. Process any outstanding superannuation payments

To claim a deduction on superannuation accruals submitted via auto super for the current financial year, super batches should be approved no later than 2:00pm AEST, 18 June 2024. We recommend marking this date in your calendar so you don’t forget.

If you’re not registered for auto super, it’s not too late. Alternatively, the payments can be made manually outside of Xero.

5. Reconcile your payroll accounts

After processing all pay runs for the financial year, it’s important to forensically check the accuracy of your reporting. One way to do this easily is by generating the Payroll Activity Summary report and comparing it with the General Ledger report. 

You can specify a custom date range in both reports to help find any discrepancies. If you come across any discrepancies in your payroll accounts, you can use the remove and redo feature to edit the transaction and allocate it to the correct accounts.

Troubleshooting tips

  • If you have multiple payroll expense accounts for earnings or superannuation, be sure to add up the totals for each account when comparing them to the Payroll Activity Summary report
  • Use the Account Transactions report to identify any transactions that may have been incorrectly reconciled against your Expense Accounts
  • Check for any manual journals that may have impacted your totals by running the Journal report and clicking on Manual Journals
  • If you’re unable to locate a discrepancy, try running your reports using a smaller date range to narrow down the issue
  • If you started using Xero midway through the financial year, double-check that the employee opening balances match your organisation’s conversion balances to avoid any discrepancies.

6. Review the Payroll Activity Summary report against the Payment Summary Details report

It can be easy to get the Payroll Activity Summary report and the Payment Summary Details report confused, so remember you’ll still need to compare this information if you’re completing an STP finalisation. You can run these two reports for a custom date range and make sure the information balances.

It’s important to note that the Payroll Activity Summary report shows gross earnings, whereas the Payment Summary Details report shows taxable earnings.

If there are salary sacrifice or pre-tax deductions that have been processed during the financial year, they will need to be deducted from the gross wages that show in the Payroll Activity Summary report. The total should then match the Payment Summary Details report (note that this will only show truncated values – the cents will not show in this report).

7. Remember to identify and amend any mistakes

Any errors made throughout the financial year can be corrected using an unscheduled pay run. Simply create the pay run for the required period and enter the adjustment amounts. You can even enter negative values, if needed.

You will need to check that the payment date of the unscheduled pay run falls within the correct financial year (for example, on or before 30 June 2024) to ensure it’s reported correctly.

8. Process STP finalisation

Last but not least, it’s time to process your STP finalisation. Xero’s product team has been working to make this process simpler, and easier to understand. Xero users might notice some tweaks this year, such as an improved layout for the STP YTD Summary and clearer totals columns. 

You’ll need to file at least one pay run before you’re able to complete the STP finalisation process. Your first submission will include all year-to-date (YTD) payroll information that has been entered into Xero.

Keep these tips in mind to help you along the way:

  • Information included in the STP finalisation will pre-populate based on the information processed in Payroll – you’ll be able to see gross totals, taxes and super — you can also view and easily edit RFBA and RFBA-E (reportable fringe benefit amounts)
  • If you need to report any leave paid out on termination as ‘Lump Sum A’ or ‘Lump Sum B,’ you can do this by processing an unscheduled pay run
  • If you have terminated any employees on or before 30 June 2024 who need fringe benefit tax (FBT) amounts reported, you can use the toggle Show terminated employees for RFBA at the bottom of the STP finalisation page
  • Any Employment Termination Payments (ETP) that have been processed can be shown by clicking View Report to see the STP YTD Summary
  • If you started using Xero part way through the financial year and need to report employee opening balances through STP
  • Based on the ATO’s requirements, gross payments are reported as the pre-sacrificed amount. This means salary sacrificed amounts, such as pre-tax deductions and reportable employer super contributions (RESC), are included in gross payments.

Looking ahead to FY25

The Government has made changes to individual income tax and superannuation guarantee rates, as well as thresholds such as STSL indexation (study and training loan indexation). These come into effect 1 July 2024. Pay runs with a payment date of 1 July 2024 or later will have these new rates automatically applied.

The super guarantee (SG) rate is increasing from 11 to 11.5 per cent on 1 July 2024. Any employees with a superannuation line set up with a rate type of statutory rate will be automatically updated. If their rate type has been set up as Percentage of Earnings, you will need to ensure you edit this percentage manually. These changes to income tax rates and thresholds will also be automatically applied in pay runs with a payment date of 1 July 2024.

If your organisation is impacted by changes to the minimum wage, you will need to update your employees’ pay templates. To find out if these changes could affect you, please refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Looking for EOFY payroll help? Call Allan Hall’s Xero Certified Advisors for everything you need to know (and do) to round out FY24, and set up strong for the new financial year ahead.

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Changes to Xero plans from July

Xero’s New Subscription Plans: Enhancing Small Business Efficiency

Streamlined Plans Tailored for Small Businesses Users from 1 July 2024.

Xero wants to make sure the needs of small businesses are met well into the future — and that means providing Xero users with easier access to tools that help you run your business efficiently. That’s why they’re refreshing subscription plans for small businesses users, which will be available from 1 July 2024.

According to Xero, much consideration has been put into creating streamlined plans with bundled tools and features, to help users solve their most important accounting and people management tasks. 

Find out more about the plans and what’s included for small businesses »

Introducing Xero’s small business plans 

Xero is launching three new streamlined business plans for Australian users, as well as enhancing the Ultimate plan. 

  • Xero Ignite plan — accounting basics made for businesses starting out
  • Xero Grow plan — accounting tools for self-employed and growing businesses
  • Xero Comprehensive plan — streamlined accounting and payroll for businesses with employees
  • Xero Ultimate plan (enhanced) — accounting, payroll and forecasting tools to help businesses scale for future growth.

With the new plan line-up for Australian small businesses available from 1 July 2024, existing Xero Payroll Only, Xero Starter, Xero Standard and Xero Premium plans will no longer be sold. Existing add-ons can no longer be purchased separately from this date.

The new plan line-up has more key features included — with fewer plans and add-ons to navigate. That means easier access to the tools and features users are looking for, so you can spend time on things that count, like running your business.  

Find out more about how new business plans compare with existing plans and what’s included.

Moving to a new plan

With the launch of these new plans, your existing plan will be moved to a new plan in a phased approach. Your current plan (and any add-ons) will be taken into account as part of this, with the migration of all plans projected to be completed by March 2025. 

Xero will continue to keep users updated during the plan change process and you’ll have at least 60 days notice before any changes are made.

How Xero is supporting users 

Xero understands that these new plans may feel like a big change, but please know that you’ll be continually updated during this process. In the meantime, Xero recommends familiarising yourself with the new plans so you can consider the best option for you when the plans are launched. 

Innovative, efficient bookkeeping

Keeping up to date with the business’s accounts payables, receivables, account reconciliations and ATO requirements can be very demanding for any business owner or financial manager.

At Allan Hall, we are committed to providing tailored comprehensive bookkeeping solutions that are comprehensive and long term, freeing up your time so you can focus on running your business. Whether you need support to manage your cash flow, forecast income and expenditure, or simply provide more detailed financial reporting, our highly skilled team of bookkeepers will assist you to ensure your business is operating as planned.

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2024–25 Federal Budget Highlights

Budget 2024–25 key measures you must know

Described as a “responsible Budget that helps people under pressure today”, the Treasurer has forecast a second consecutive surplus of $9.3 billion.

The main priorities of the government, as reflected in the Budget, are helping with the cost of living, building more housing, investing in skills and education, strengthening Medicare and responsible economic management to help fight inflation.

The key tax measures announced in the Budget include extending the $20,000 instant asset write-off for eligible businesses by 12 months until 30 June 2025, introducing tax incentives for hydrogen production and critical minerals production, strengthening foreign resident CGT rules and penalising multinationals that seek to avoid paying Australian royalty withholding tax.

The Budget also includes various amendments to previously announced measures, as well as a number of income tax measures that have already been enacted prior to the Budget announcement, including:

These enacted measures have not been discussed in detail in our summary report:

Income tax

The tax, superannuation and social security highlights are set out below. The government anticipates that the tax measures put forward will collectively improve the Budget position by $3.1 billion over a 5-year period to 2027–28.

  • The instant asset write-off threshold of $20,000 for small businesses applying the simplified depreciation rules will be extended for 12 months until 30 June 2025
  • The foreign resident CGT regime will be strengthened for CGT events commencing on or after 1 July 2025
  • A critical minerals production tax incentive will be available from 2027–28 to 2040–41 to support downstream refining and processing of critical minerals
  • A hydrogen production tax incentive will be available from 2027–28 to 2040–41 to producers of renewable hydrogen
  • The minimum length requirements for content and the above-the-line cap of 20% for total qualifying production expenditure for the producer tax offset will be removed
  • A new penalty will be introduced from 1 July 2026 for taxpayers who are part of a group with more than $1 billion in annual global turnover that are found to have mischaracterised or undervalued royalty payments
  • The Labor government’s 2022–23 Budget measure to deny deductions for payments relating to intangibles held in low- or no-tax jurisdictions is being discontinued
  • The start date of a 2023–24 Budget measure to expand the scope of the Pt IVA general anti-avoidance rule will be deferred to income years commencing on or after assent of enabling legislation
  • Income tax exemptions for World Rugby and/or related entities for income derived in relation to the Rugby World Cup 2027 (men’s) and Rugby World Cup 2029 (women’s)
  • Deductible gift recipients list to be updated.

Superannuation

  • Superannuation will be paid on government-funded paid parental leave (PPL) for parents of babies born or adopted on or after 1 July 2025
  • The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery Program will be recalibrated to pursue unpaid superannuation entitlements owed by employers in liquidation or bankruptcy from 1 July 2024
  • Prior to the Budget the draft of the $3 million super tax legislation was given Senate go-ahead and remains unchanged — it will include the taxing of unrealised gains and no indexation. Read more »

Tax administration

  • The ATO will be given a statutory discretion to not use a taxpayer’s refund to offset old tax debts on hold
  • Indexation of the Higher Education Loan Program (and other student loans) debt will be limited to the lower of either the Consumer Price Index or the Wage Price Index, effective from 1 June 2023
  • A pilot program of matching income and employment data of migrant workers will be conducted between the Department of Home Affairs and the ATO
  • A new ATO compliance taskforce will be established to recover tax revenue lost to fraud while existing compliance programs will be extended.

GST

  • Refunds of indirect tax (including GST, fuel and alcohol taxes) will be extended under the Indirect Tax Concession Scheme.

Small business depreciation — instant asset write-off threshold of $20,000 extended to 2024–25

The instant asset write-off threshold of $20,000 for small businesses applying the simplified depreciation rules will be extended for 12 months until 30 June 2025.

Small businesses (aggregated annual turnover less than $10 million) may choose to calculate capital allowances for depreciating assets under a simplified regime in Subdiv 328-D of ITAA 1997. Under these simplified depreciation rules, an immediate write-off applies for low-cost depreciating assets. The measure will apply a $20,000 threshold for the immediate write-off, applicable to eligible assets costing less than $20,000 that are first used or installed ready for use by 30 June 2025.

Assets valued at $20,000 or more (which cannot be immediately deducted) can continue to be placed into the small business simplified depreciation pool and depreciated at 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year thereafter. The provisions that prevent small businesses from re-entering the simplified depreciation regime for 5 years if they opt-out will also continue to be suspended until 30 June 2025.

The measure extends a 2023–24 Budget measure to increase the instant asset write-off threshold to $20,000 for the 2023–24 income year. A Bill containing amendments to increase the instant asset write-off threshold for 2023–24 is currently before Parliament. The Bill was amended by the Senate to increase the instant asset write-off threshold for 2023–24 to $30,000 and extend access to the instant asset write-off to entities that are not small business entities but would be if the aggregated turnover threshold were $50 million.

Tax administration

Statutory discretion for ATO to deal with tax refunds and debts on hold

The Commissioner of Taxation will be given the discretion to not use a taxpayer’s refund to offset old tax debts where that debt had been put on hold before 1 January 2017. The tax law will be amended to provide for this ATO discretion which will apply to individuals, small businesses and not-for-profits. The discretion will maintain the ATO’s current administrative approach to such debts.

Student loans indexation reform

Indexation of the Higher Education Loan Program (and other student loans) debt will be limited to the lower of either the Consumer Price Index or the Wage Price Index, effective from 1 June 2023, subject to the passage of legislation. The measure will apply retrospectively.

Data matching program for migrant workers’ income and employment

A pilot program matching income and employment data will be conducted between the Department of Home Affairs and the ATO to mitigate the exploitation of migrant workers and abuse of Australia’s labour market and migration system. This measure forms part of broader reforms to the migration system.

Strengthening ATO ability to combat fraud and extension of compliance programs

The ATO will be provided additional funding to continue various compliance programs. The current ATO Personal Income Tax Compliance Program will be extended for another year from 1 July 2027 to enable the ATO to continue its focus on emerging risks to the tax system. The Shadow Economy Compliance Program and the Tax Avoidance Taskforce will be extended for 2 years from 1 July 2026.

Funding will be provided to the ATO to improve its detection of tax and superannuation fraud, including to upgrade its information and communications technologies to be able to identify and block suspicious activity in real time. A new compliance task force will also be established to recover lost revenue and block attempts to obtain refunds fraudulently. Funding will also be provided to improve ATO’s management and governance of its counter-fraud activities.

The ATO will also be given additional time within which to notify a taxpayer if it intends to retain a business activity statement (BAS) refund for further investigation. The current required notification period of 14 days will be extended to 30 days, aligning it with time limits for non-BAS refunds. This measure will take effect from the start of the first financial year after assent of the enabling legislation.

2019-20 Budget measure on black economy will not proceed

The 2019–20 Budget measure “Black Economy — Strengthening the Australian Business Number system” will not proceed as integrity issues are being addressed through enhanced administrative processes implemented by the ATO.

GST

Refunds of indirect tax extended under Indirect Tax Concession Scheme

Refunds of indirect tax (including GST, fuel and alcohol taxes) will be extended under the Indirect Tax Concession Scheme (ITCS).

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO) will have ITCS access upgraded for additional concessions to be claimed for the purchase of vehicles for personal use by SKAO officials or a member of their family. Additional concessions for commercial rent will also be formalised for existing ITCS packages for Bangladesh, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Construction and renovation concessions will be formalised for the existing ITCS package for the Netherlands. Concessions for both commercial rent and construction and renovation will be formalised for the existing ITCS package for Pacific Trade Invest.

Superannuation

Super to be paid on government-funded paid parental leave

Superannuation will be paid on government-funded paid parental leave (PPL) for parents of babies born or adopted on or after 1 July 2025. Eligible parents will receive an additional payment based on the superannuation guarantee (12% of their PPL payments), as a contribution to their superannuation fund. Payments will be made annually to individuals’ superannuation funds from 1 July 2026.

Recovery of unpaid super from liquidated or bankrupt employers

The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery Program will be recalibrated to pursue unpaid superannuation entitlements owed by employers in liquidation or bankruptcy from 1 July 2024.

To discuss how these Budget measures impact you or your business, please contact your Allan Hall Advisor.

Full Budget papers are available at budget.gov.au and the Treasury ministers’ media releases are available at ministers.treasury.gov.au.

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Industry Growth Program

Helping small businesses through new Industry Growth Program grant opportunities

Industry Growth Program grant opportunities are now open for innovative startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The Industry Growth Program works with innovative startups and SMEs. Industry Growth Program Advisers give advice to help businesses develop and commercialise new products, processes and services.

Industry Growth Program matched funding grants are now open.

The program is targeting businesses in the Australian Government’s priority areas for the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF). These areas focus on building manufacturing capability for the future.

There are 2 matched funding grants:

  1. Early-stage commercialisation grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for projects at the feasibility, proof-of-concept or prototype stage
  2. Commercialisation and growth grants from $100,000 to $5 million for projects in their prototype through to market readiness stage.

To be able to apply for the grants, SMEs first need to get advice and support through the Industry Growth Program Advisory Service. This service advises SMEs on how to develop and bring to market their innovative products, processes and services to scale and to transform their business.

Once a business has received advice from the Industry Growth Program Advisory Service, they can choose to apply for a matched funding grant. An independent assessment committee will assess eligible grant applications based on merit.

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Small Business Superannuation Clearing House Changes

Actionable Update to SMSF Bank Account Validation

ATO update introduces SMSF bank account validation aimed at improving the precision and security of superannuation contributions

Given the proximity of the next SG contribution deadline on 28 April 2024, it is important to take action ahead of this date to prevent potential compliance issues.

Key points

  • The ATO implemented a pivotal update within the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH) on 15 March 2024
  • This new system feature affects all small employers who use the SBSCH to pay superannuation to employee SMSFs
  • The ATO’s validation process requires small employers using the SBSCH to ensure perfect alignment between their employees’ SMSF bank account details and the corresponding fund bank account details recorded by the ATO
  • The validation focuses on the BSB and account number as registered under the SMSF’s Superannuation Role within ATO systems. For any employee where there is no exact match, the SBSCH will not process their superannuation payment.

Action Required: Review Employee Records

The ATO is contacting small employers likely to be impacted by the new SBSCH SMSF bank account validation process.

However, with SG obligations for the March 2024 quarter due no later than 28 April 2024, it is important for small businesses to act proactively.

If you are a small business using the SBSCH, it is important that you contact your employees to confirm that the SMSF bank account they pay superannuation contributions to, is the same as the SMSF bank account registered against the superannuation role with the ATO.

Where employees are unsure how to check if the bank account their employer makes super contributions to is the same as the one registered with the ATO, please contact Allan Hall for assistance on 02 9981 2300.

Should there be a need for an employee to amend SMSF bank details held by the ATO, it is crucial to communicate these changes to all fund members as the ATO will issue email or text alerts to ensure all fund members are informed.

Small employers delaying the review and update of their employees’ SMSF bank records risk facing SG shortfalls and potential penalties as there may be insufficient time to rectify a discrepancy.

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