• R1, R2, R3, R6, R Assessable contributions

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    The assessable contributions questions are:

    Did the SMSF have assessable contributions?

    No

    Leave R1, R2 and R6 blank. Answer R3 and R.

    Yes

    Read on.

    Include at R1, R2, R3 and R6 all contributions to the SMSF that are assessable income.

    The following types of contributions are not part of the SMSF’s assessable income, do not include them at R1, R2, R3 or R6:

    • contributions made by a member that are not assessable personal contributions
    • super co-contributions and low income super contributions
    • contributions for a person under 18 which are not made by, or on behalf of, the person’s employer
    • amounts transferred to the SMSF for a member from the member's spouse's super as a result of a contributions splitting arrangement (for more information see Contributions splitting)
    • amounts transferred to the SMSF from another super fund because of a family law obligation (such as a super agreement or a Family Law Court order as a result of a marriage or relationship breakdown)
    • spouse contributions for which the contributor cannot claim a deduction
    • a payment made directly from      
      • a First Home Saver Account (FHSA) where the holder of the FHSA is the member of the SMSF for whom the contribution was made, or
      • a government FHSA contribution.
       

    See also:

    Contributions caps

    Caps apply to contributions made to a member’s super account. Members that contribute more than these caps may have to pay extra tax. For more information on the contributions caps, see Super contributions – too much super can mean extra tax.

    Example: Assessable contributions

    In 2014–15, SMSF R received:

    • $20,000 contributions from members' employers (for members whose TFN the SMSF holds)
    • $10,000 contributions directly from members.

    One member also provided a valid Notice of intent to claim a deduction for personal super contributions stating that the member would claim a deduction for a $3,000 contribution they made to the SMSF. The notice was received before the SMSF lodged its annual return and the SMSF acknowledged the notice.

    SMSF R reports:

    R1 Assessable employer contributions $20,000

    R2 Assessable personal contributions $ 3,000

    R Assessable contributions $23,000

    The remaining $7,000 of personal contributions that were not covered by the Notice of intent to claim a deduction for personal super contributions are not reported at any question in Section B - they are not assessable income of the SMSF.

    The SMSF does not report any contributions at:

    • R3 No-TFN-quoted contributions since all members have provided their TFNs to the SMSF
    • R6 Transfer of liability to life insurance company or PST since it has not made an agreement to transfer its tax liability to a life insurance company or pooled superannuation trust.

    Contributions are reported in Section F or G for each member.

    End of example

    R1 Assessable employer contributions

    Did the SMSF receive assessable employer contributions?

    No

    Leave R1 blank. Go to R2.

    • Yes

     

    Read on.

    Write at R1 the total of all assessable contributions received by the SMSF for members where the contribution was made by someone other than the member. The amount at R1 should not be reduced by any loss or outgoing related to the income.

    The amount at R1 includes:

    • contributions paid by an employer (including amounts contributed under effective salary sacrifice arrangements) to:      
      • a complying SMSF
      • a non-complying SMSF that is an Australian super fund
      • an SMSF that is not an Australian super fund where the contributions relate to a period when the member was an Australian resident, or was a foreign resident deriving employment or similar income, such as salary or wage income, that is subject to Australian withholding payment rules
       
    • shortfall amounts paid by the ATO to a complying SMSF under the provisions of the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
    • amounts transferred by the ATO from the Superannuation Holding Account special account to a complying SMSF under the provisions of the Small Superannuation Accounts Act 1995, other than amounts which represent super co-contributions or low income super contributions
    • amounts contributed for a member by other third parties (the total of any amounts written at G Other third party contributions in Sections F and G).

    Do not include contributions received for a member who has not quoted their TFN and that you are required to include at R3 No-TFN-quoted contributions.

    Note:

    Assessable contributions from employers or other third parties are not exempt from income tax under the exempt current pension income rules.

    R2 Assessable personal contributions

    Did the SMSF receive assessable personal contributions?

    No

    Leave R2 blank. Go to R3.

    Yes

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    Write at R2 the total of:

    • assessable personal contributions
    • any untaxed element of a rollover super benefit, up to the untaxed plan cap amount ($1.355 million in 2014–15).
    • The amount of a rollover super benefit with an untaxed element is included in the income year in which it is received by the SMSF.

    The amount at R2 should not be reduced by any loss or outgoing related to the income.

    Personal contributions are assessable only if the member has provided a valid notice stating their intent to claim a deduction for their contributions and the SMSF trustee has acknowledged receipt of the notice. The contribution is included in the income year in which the notice is received if the SMSF trustee receives it by the time the SMSF lodges its annual return for that income year. Otherwise the contribution is included in the income year in which the notice is received. For information about deductions for a personal super contribution, see Notice of intent to claim or vary a deduction for personal super contributions.

    If the SMSF receives a notice varying the amount of a previous valid Notice of intent to claim a deduction for personal super contributions and:

    • you have not yet lodged the annual return that includes the contribution as assessable income, write at R2 the reduced amount of the personal contribution, or
    • if you have already lodged an annual return that included the contribution as assessable income, you can either:      
      • amend the annual return for the income year that included the contribution as assessable income, or
      • deduct an amount at L1 Other amounts in Section C, in the income year the SMSF received the notice varying the amount.
       

    Note:

    Assessable personal contributions are not exempt from income tax under the exempt current pension income rules.

    Find out about:

    R3 No-TFN-quoted contributions

    Did the SMSF receive employer contributions for a member that has not provided their TFN to the SMSF?

    No

    Write 0 (zero) at R3. Go to R6.

    Yes

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    Write at R3 the total of all assessable contributions that the SMSF received in 2014–15 for all members who had not quoted their tax file number (TFN) and where:

    • a member's account was opened on or after 1 July 2007 or
    • a member's total assessable contributions for 2014–15 were more than $1,000.

    The amount at R3 should not be reduced by any loss or outgoing related to the income.

    Do not include employer contributions at R3 if:

    • the member's account was opened before 1 July 2007, and
    • the member's total assessable contributions for 2014–15 are $1,000 or less (include these employer contributions at R1 Employer contributions).

    Note:

    R3 is mandatory. If you leave R3 blank, you will have specified a zero amount.

    Tax on no-TFN-quoted contributions

    The SMSF has to pay additional tax on no-TFN-quoted contributions. This additional tax must be paid regardless of any tax offsets or amounts the SMSF may have transferred to a life insurance company or PST. See table 4 for the tax rates.

    Table 4: Tax rates on no-TFN-quoted contributions

    SMSF status

    Tax rate (on all assess-able contributions)

    Additional tax rate (on no-TFN-quoted contributions)

    Overall tax rate (on no-
    TFN-quoted contributions)

    Complying

    15%

    34%

    49%

    Non-complying

    47%

    2%

    49%

    The SMSF will show in Section D: Income tax calculation statement:

    • the tax payable (at the standard rate of income tax) on the no-TFN-quoted contributions at T1 Tax on taxable income
    • the additional tax payable on the no-TFN-quoted contributions at J Tax on no-TFN-quoted contributions.

    No-TFN-quoted contributions are not exempted from income tax under the exempt current pension income rules.

    If a member provided their TFN to the SMSF for the first time in 2014–15, the SMSF may be able to recover the no-TFN-quoted contributions tax it paid in one of the most recent three income years ending before 2014-15 by claiming a no-TFN tax offset. See E2 No-TFN tax offset for information on whether the SMSF is able to claim this offset.

    See also:

    • Section of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

    R6 Transfer of liability to life insurance company or pooled superannuation trust (PST)

    Did the SMSF transfer an amount to a life insurance company or PST under an agreement that meets the requirements of section 295-260 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997?

    No

    Leave R6 blank. Go to R.

    Yes

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    Write at R6 the total amount that would otherwise have been included in the complying SMSF's assessable income for the 2014–15 income year that the trustee of the SMSF (the transferor) has agreed to transfer to a life insurance company or PST (the transferee) under an agreement with that transferee entity. The amount at R6 should not be reduced by any loss or outgoing related to the income.

    The SMSF will not pay tax (at the rate of 15%) on the amount transferred to the life insurance company or PST. The amount of the income transferred is included in the transferee’s assessable income instead. However, if a contribution is a no-TFN-quoted contribution, the SMSF must still pay tax on the no-TFN-quoted contribution (at the rate of 34%); the SMSF cannot transfer the tax liability on the no-TFN quoted contribution income.

    Keep all relevant documents as evidence of the transferee’s consent to accept the transfer of assessable contributions and the associated tax liability.

    See also:

    • Section of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

    R Assessable contributions

    Did you write amounts at R1, R2, R3 or R6?

    No

    Leave R blank. Go to S.

    Yes

    Read on.

    Write at R the total assessable contributions received by the SMSF. That total should not be reduced by any loss or outgoing related to the income.

    To work out the amount you write at R:

    • add the amounts you wrote, at      
      • R1 Assessable employer contributions
      • R2 Assessable personal contributions
      • R3 No-TFN-quoted contributions
       
    • deduct from that amount      
      • R6 Transfer of liability to life insurance company or PST.
       

    Assessable contributions are not exempt from income tax under the exempt current pension income rules.

    Last modified: 15 Jan 2016QC 44344