ATO Interpretative Decision
ATO ID 2007/225 (Withdrawn)
SuperannuationSuperannuation contributions: acceptance of fund capped contributions by a self managed superannuation fund
FOI status: may be released
This ATO ID is withdrawn from the database as subregulations 7.04(3) and 7.04(7) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (SISR) have been repealed with effect from 1 July 2017. Despite its withdrawal, this ATO ID continues to be a precedential ATO view in respect of decisions for income years up to, and including, the 2016-17 income year.This document has changed over time. View its history.
Status of this decision: Decision withdrawn
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If you reasonably apply this decision in good faith to your own circumstances (which are not materially different from those described in the decision), and the decision is later found to be incorrect you will not be liable to pay any penalty or interest. However, you will be required to pay any underpaid tax (or repay any over-claimed credit, grant or benefit), provided the time limits under the law allow it. If you do intend to apply this decision to your own circumstances, you will need to ensure that the relevant provisions referred to in the decision have not been amended or repealed. You may wish to obtain further advice from the Tax Office or from a professional adviser.
Is a trustee of a self managed superannuation fund required by subregulation 7.04(3) of the Superannuation Industry Supervision Regulations 1994 (SISR) to return an amount to a contributor if the contribution, when added to contributions made to the fund earlier in the income year by the member, will cause the member to have excess non-concessional contributions for that income year?
No, the trustee is not required to return all or part of a contribution unless all or part of the contribution itself will cause the member to have excess non-concessional contributions for the income year.
A 65 year old working member of a self-managed superannuation fund makes the following non-concessional contributions during the 2007-08 income year:
|·||11 July 2007||$15,000|
|·||18 July 2007||$60,000|
|·||14 September 2007||$36,000|
|·||29 September 2007||$54,000|
The total contributions made to 29 September 2007 are $165,000. The member cannot claim an income tax deduction for any of the contributions. The member's non-concessional contributions cap is $150,000 for the 2007-08 income year. As the member is aged over 64, the bring forward provisions are not available. The total contributions made to 29 September 2007 exceed the member's non-concessional contributions cap for the 2007-08 income year. However, the member proposes to contribute another $10,000 to the fund.
The member, in their capacity of trustee of the self-managed superannuation fund, has asked whether they must return any part of the contribution of $54,000 made on 29 September 2007. They have also asked whether they are required not to accept the proposed further contribution of $10,000 because of subregulations 7.04(3) and (4) of SISR.
Reasons for Decision
Subregulation 7.04(3) of the SISR provides that:
In addition to subregulation (1), the regulated superannuation fund must not accept any fund-capped contributions in a financial year in respect of a member that exceed:
Subregulation 7.04(4) of the SISR provides that:
If a regulated superannuation fund receives an amount that is inconsistent with subregulation ... (3):
A trustee of a self managed fund should, before accepting a contribution for a member, consider if the contribution is a fund-capped contribution. A person who is 65 years of age at 1 July 2007 will have a fund-capped contribution limit of $150,000 for the 2007-08 income year.
It has been suggested that there is some ambiguity as to the meaning of subregulation 7.04(3) of SISR. Some suggest it applies on a contribution by contribution basis. Others suggest the words require a trustee to aggregate all of the contributions made by a member to the fund for the income year.
Item 80 of the Explanatory Statement for the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Regulation 2007 (No.1) gives guidance on determining if a contribution is a fund-capped contribution by clarifying the words 'fund-capped contributions in a financial year in respect of a member'. It states:
To help prevent a person from inadvertently contributing more than the non-concessional contributions cap, new subregulation 7.04(3) provides that superannuation funds will be required to return an amount of certain member contributions that exceed the cap. .......
Superannuation funds will not be required to aggregate the total of member contributions received for a person either within the fund or across other funds. The rule applies on a contribution-by-contribution basis, not a yearly basis or any other basis. This measure will reduce the instances of inadvertent breaches where the contribution is a one-off in a financial year.
The explanatory statement makes it clear that in this case, the trustee is not required to return any part of the $54,000 and may accept the further contribution of $10,000. In this case the member will have excess non-concessional contributions for the 2007-08 income year and will receive a non-concessional contributions tax assessment.Date of decision: 13 December 2007
Year of income: Year ended 30 June 2008
Item 80 to the Explanatory Statement for the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Regulation 2007 (No.1)
Self managed superannuation funds
Date reviewed: 27 August 2014