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SMSF auditors must submit auditor contravention reports as part of an annual audit.

Last updated 15 December 2015

As part of an annual audit, SMSF auditors must submit auditor contravention reports (ACRs) to us for prescribed SMSF contraventions. Reports range from administrative contraventions to more serious contraventions, such as breaches in relation to investments in in-house assets.

Generally, the percentage of the SMSF population with ACRs remains relatively stable at approximately 2% of all SMSFs each year. 34

In the year ended 30 June 2015, 8,200 SMSFs had ACRs lodged with 22,000 contraventions. This was a decrease from the previous year of 7% in the number of SMSFs with an ACR although the number of contraventions stayed the same. To 30 June 2015, just under half of all contraventions were reported as rectified.

The most commonly reported contraventions continued to be loans or financial assistance to members (22%), while in-house assets and separation of assets constituted 19% and 13% respectively. In monetary terms, the latter two contraventions represented 29% and 25% of the reported contraventions up to 30 June 2015 respectively (see appendix 1, table 26).

The demographic of SMSFs with ACRs generally aligns with the SMSF population. Analysis shows there is no correlation between the receipt of an ACR and the SMSF asset size, income range, years since establishment, or structure.

34 As per ATO ACR data as at 30 June 2015.