What is an SMSF Supervisory levy?

author-avatar By on September 27, 2021
What is an SMSF Supervisory levy?

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are required to pay a supervisory levy to the ATO on an annual basis

You need to pay the supervisory levy with your SMSF annual return. The amount payable is stated on the return. Since 2014-15, the annual levy has remained the same which is $259 and remains the same for the 2021-22 financial year. It’s important to note that the levy must be paid in advance for the following financial year.

The positive aspect of the advance payment system is that an SMSF does not have to pay the annual ATO levy in the year in which it is wound up because they have already paid for that year.


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Continuing fund payments

If your fund is continuing, you must pay your supervisory levy in advance of the next financial year.

According to the Australian Taxation Office, how much you have to pay will depend on if you are:

  • Not a newly registered SMSF: Your amount payable will be $259 which goes towards the next financial year. For example, if you are lodging for the 2019–20 financial year, the payment will cover the 2020–21 financial year.

  • A newly registered SMSF: Your amount payable will be $518 which covers the current financial year and the following one. For example, if you are lodging for the 2019–20 financial year, the payment will cover the 2019–20 and 2020–21 financial years.

Winding-up fund payments

If your fund is winding-up, you may not be required to pay a supervisory levy if you paid it in the previous financial year.

According to the ATO, this depends on if you are:

  • Not a newly registered SMSF: You are not required to pay the levy as you already paid for the current financial year.

  • A newly registered SMSF: The amount payable will be $259 to cover the current financial year.

When to pay

The supervisory levy needs to be paid with the fund’s annual tax return. SMSF trustees are responsible for lodging an annual return on behalf of their fund as part of their compliance obligations.

The levy is added to the tax payable by your SMSF for member contributions and fund earnings (or deducted from any tax refund your SMSF may be entitled to receive). It is payable even if your SMSF has no tax payable on member contributions or fund earnings.


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Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Aaron joined Savings.com.au in 2021. He is a finance journalist with a keen interest in property, the share market, and improving financial literacy in young Australians.

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