Any amount that is illegally accessed early from a Self Managed Super Fund must be declared as income in the member’s individual tax return. The amount should be declared as ‘other income’ and will be assessed at the marginal tax rate plus the Medicare levy. Failure to declare early accessed super may result in interest charges and other penalties.
Trustees must be aware that if they are knowingly involved in a scheme, or allow the illegal release of funds, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) may impose severe penalties, fines and possible jail time. The fund may also be made non-complying.
The ATO has advised all tax agents to voluntarily disclose or encourage their clients to disclose any information regarding the early release of funds if they have not already done so.
For more information talk to your Chartered Accountant.