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  • Section A: Fund information

    This section deals with general superannuation entity identification and the current status of the fund.

    1. Tax file number (TFN)

    Write the TFN of the fund in the boxes provided on page 1 of the tax return, and in the boxes at the top of page 3.

    We are authorised by the Taxation Administration Act 1953 to request the fund's TFN. We use the TFN to identify the fund in our records. It is not an offence not to provide a TFN. However, if you do not provide a TFN, there may be a delay in processing the fund's tax return.

    2. Name of superannuation fund or trust

    Print the name of the fund exactly as it appears on the fund’s trust deed or other constituent document.

    For subsequent tax returns, the fund name should be consistent from year to year unless the name changes.

    If the name of the fund is legally changed, you must advise us of the change by either updating the details at abr.gov.auExternal Link or completing a Change of details for superannuation entities (NAT 3036) at the time the change is made.

    3. Australian business number (ABN)

    Write the ABN of the fund in the boxes provided. If the fund does not have an ABN, leave this blank.

    We strongly encourage funds without ABNs to apply for one at abr.gov.auExternal Link

    The ABN is a unique business identifier used in all dealings with the Australian Government. It is also available to state, territory and local government regulatory bodies. Identification for tax law purposes is only one of the uses of the ABN.

    For more information about privacy, the information we collect and how it may be used, see our Privacy statementExternal Link.

    4. Current postal address

    We will use this address to send you correspondence. Abbreviate ‘care of’ to ‘C/–’ only.

    5. Tax return status

    Print X in the appropriate box.

    We will use this information when updating our records. We will contact you if you answer ‘yes’ and we do not have an original tax return for 2019–20.

    6. Trustee details

    If applicable, print the name and ABN of the corporate trustee, referred to here as non-individual trustee.

    7. Electronic funds transfer (EFT)

    We need the fund's financial institution details to pay any refund owing, even if you have provided them before, including:

    • Bank State Branch (BSB) number (this number has six digits, do not include spaces or hyphens)
    • account number (this number has no more than nine digits, do not include spaces or hyphens)
    • account name, as shown on the fund's bank account records, for example ABC fund. Do not show account type, such as cheque in the account name. Include spaces between each word and initials where required. If the funds account name exceeds 32 characters, provide the first 32 characters only.

    The refund can only be paid into a recognised financial institution account located in Australia.

    For more information, go to Electronic refunds.

    8. Status of fund or trust

    Type of fund or trust

    Print X in the box that best describes the type of fund or trust at balance date. Mark only one box. Table 1 may help you determine the type of fund or trust at balance date.

    Table 1: Fund or trust type

    Label

    Categories of funds or trusts

    A

    Small APRA fund: a regulated fund administered by APRA that has fewer than five members. This category includes employer-sponsored or corporate funds that have four or fewer members.

    B

    Retail fund: a regulated fund consisting of pooled superannuation sold commercially through intermediaries such as life insurance companies, bank subsidiaries or financial planners. This category includes master trusts, personal superannuation products and public offer funds.

    C

    Industry fund: a regulated fund maintained to accept superannuation contributions from unrelated employers in a particular industry.

    D

    Corporate fund: a regulated fund sponsored by a single non-government employer or a group of related employers, excluding industry funds.

    E

    Eligible rollover fund: a regulated fund or approved deposit fund that is required to treat all members as protected members and every member’s benefits as minimum benefits.

    F

    Approved deposit fund (ADF): a regulated fund that can receive, hold and invest certain types of rollovers on certain conditions.

    G

    Pooled superannuation trust (PST): a unit trust in which only the assets of superannuation funds, ADFs and other PSTs can be invested.

    H

    Public sector fund: a regulated fund established by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a state or territory, a municipal corporation or another local governing body or public authority constituted by or under a law of the Commonwealth or a state or territory.

    I

    Non-regulated fund: a fund that does not satisfy the provisions of section 19 of the SISA.

    J Australian superannuation fund

    For a regulated super fund to be a complying superannuation fund it must be an ‘Australian superannuation fund’.

    A superannuation fund is an Australian superannuation fund if it satisfies all three of the following tests:

    • the fund was established in Australia, or at least one of the fund’s assets is located in Australia, and
    • the central management and control of the fund is ordinarily in Australia, and
    • either  
      • the fund has no active members, or
      • it has active members who are Australian residents and who hold at least 50% of  
        • the total market value of the fund’s assets attributable to super interests held by active members, or
        • the sum of the amounts that would be payable to or in respect of active members if they voluntarily ceased to be members.
         
       

    Provided the fund satisfies all these tests at the same time at any point in the income year then, for income tax purposes, it is an Australian superannuation fund for the entire income year. However, to be a 'complying superannuation fund' in an income year, these three tests must be met throughout the income year.

    A member is considered to be an active member of a fund if:

    • they are a contributor to the fund, or
    • contributions were made to the fund on their behalf and they are not covered by the next paragraph specifying who is not an active member.

    A member on whose behalf contributions were made to the fund is not an active member if:

    • they are not a resident of Australia
    • they are not currently a contributor, and
    • the only contributions that were made on their behalf after they ceased to be an Australian resident were made in relation to a time when they were an Australian resident.

    The central management and control of a fund is ordinarily in Australia if the fund’s strategic and high level decisions are regularly made in Australia. These decisions are generally made by the trustees of the fund.

    The fund will continue to meet the central management and control requirement in cases where the fund’s central management and control is temporarily (for a period of two years or less) outside Australia. However, if the central management and control of the fund is permanently outside Australia, it will not meet this requirement.

    Print X in the No box at J if the fund does not meet the above definition of Australian superannuation fund at any time during the income year. If the fund does not meet the above definition of Australian superannuation fund throughout the income year, the fund will lose its complying superannuation fund status, and a tax rate of 45% will apply to the fund’s taxable income for the income year (including the market value of all fund assets at the start of that income year).

    For the definition of an ‘Australian superannuation fund’, see TR 2008/9 Income tax: meaning of 'Australian superannuation fund' in subsection 295-95(2) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

    K Fund benefit structure

    Print at K the appropriate code from table 2 that best describes the benefit structure of the fund.

    Table 2: Fund benefit structure

    Code

    Definition of Fund benefit structure

    A

    A fund is an accumulation fund if the fund provides its members with a benefit which is the total of:

    • specifically defined contributions to the fund plus
    • earnings on those contributions minus
    • any costs attributed to the member.

    This fund is considered an accumulation fund even if the fund or any of its accounts is supporting a superannuation income stream benefit.

    D

    A fund is a defined benefit fund if the fund provides its members with a benefit that is calculated from a formula based on a combination of factors, including the years of membership in the fund and average salary level over a specific time.

    U

    Unfunded defined benefit: similar to defined benefit, but the superannuation members’ benefits are unfunded. Only governments run unfunded defined benefit funds.

    E

    A fund is a hybrid fund if it has a combination of both accumulation and defined benefit members.

    L Number of members

    Print at L the total number of members or depositors (for ADFs) at the balance date.

    Members for this item are persons:

    • who are making contributions
    • on whose behalf contributions are being made
    • who are receiving pension entitlements, or
    • who hold any deferred beneficiary accounts.

    M Date of establishment

    Print the date on which the fund was established.

    N1 Significant global entity

    Print X at N1 if the entity was a significant global entity (SGE) for the income year.

    An entity is an SGE if it is:

    • a global parent entity with an annual global income of A$1 billion or more
    • a member of a group of entities that are consolidated for accounting purposes, and one of the other group members is a global parent entity with an annual global income of A$1 billion or more, or
    • a member of a notional listed company group, and one of the other group members is a global parent entity with an annual global income of A$1 billion or more.

    A notional listed company group is a group of entities that would be required to be consolidated as a single group for accounting purposes if a member of that group
    was a listed company. Disregard exceptions in accounting principles that may permit an entity not to consolidate with other entities.

    An entity is also a SGE if it, or any other member of the actual or notional accounting consolidated group of which the entity is a member, has been given a notice by the Commissioner determining that its global parent entity would have an annual global income of A$1 billion or more for any period during the income year.

    For more information, see Significant global entities.

    N2 Country-by-country (CBC) reporting entity

    Print X at N2 if the entity was a CBC reporting entity for the income year.

    An entity is a CBC reporting entity if it is:

    • a CBC reporting parent, or
    • a member of a CBC reporting group, and one of the other group members is a CBC reporting parent with an annual global income of A$1 billion or more.

    A CBC reporting group may be a group that is consolidated for accounting purposes as a single group or a notional listed company group. A notional listed company group is a group of entities that would be required to be consolidated as a single group for accounting purposes if a member of that group was a listed company.

    Unlike the SGE definition, to determine whether an entity is a CBC reporting entity, apply the exception to consolidation related to investment entities in the accounting principles.

    A CBC reporting entity has CBC reporting obligations:

    See also:

    9. Was the fund wound up during the income year?

    Print X in the appropriate box.

    Date on which the fund was wound up

    If you answered yes, write the date the fund was wound up.

    Every fund is required to lodge a tax return for each income year of its operations, up to the date it is wound up.

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