SUPERANNUATION (UNCLAIMED MONEY AND LOST MEMBERS) ACT 1999

PART 3B - PAYMENT OF LOW BALANCES IN INACTIVE ACCOUNTS TO THE COMMISSIONER  

Division 3 - Payment in respect of inactive low-balance accounts  

SECTION 20QD   PAYMENT IN RESPECT OF INACTIVE LOW-BALANCE ACCOUNTS  

Provider must pay Commissioner

20QD(1)  
A superannuation provider must pay the Commissioner (for the Commonwealth) the amount worked out under subsection (2) in respect of a person if:


(a) an account is an inactive low-balance account as at the end of an unclaimed money day; and


(b) the account is held by the provider on behalf of the person; and


(c) the account is still an inactive low-balance account at the time (the calculation time ) immediately before the earlier of:


(i) the time (if any) the payment is made; and

(ii) the time at which the payment is due and payable (assuming that the payment must be made).

The amount is due and payable at the end of the scheduled statement day for the unclaimed money day.

Note 1:

For State or Territory public sector superannuation schemes, see sections 20QG and 20QH .

Note 2:

Subsection 20QE(2) makes it an offence not to comply with a requirement under this subsection.

Note 3:

The amount the superannuation provider must pay the Commissioner is a tax-related liability for the purposes of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 . Division 255 in Schedule 1 to that Act deals with payment and recovery of tax-related liabilities. Division 284 in that Schedule provides for administrative penalties connected with such liabilities.

Note 4:

The Commissioner may defer the time at which the amount is due and payable: see section 255-10 in Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 .

Note 5:

Section 20QJ provides for refunds of overpayments by the superannuation provider to the Commissioner.

20QD(2)  
The amount payable in respect of the person is the amount that would have been payable by the superannuation provider if:


(a) for a fund that is a regulated superannuation fund - the person had requested that the balance held in respect of each inactive low-balance product in the account be rolled over or transferred to a complying superannuation fund (within the meaning of the SIS Act); and


(b) for a fund that is an RSA or approved deposit fund - the person had requested that the balance held in the account be rolled over or transferred to a complying superannuation fund (within the meaning of the SIS Act).

20QD(3)  
For the purposes of subsection (2):


(a) work out the amount that would have been payable at the calculation time; and


(b) assume that the request were made before the calculation time; and


(c) assume that the inactive low-balance member had not died before the calculation time. Family Law payment splits

20QD(4)  
If, as a result of a payment split that applies in relation to the account, the non-member spouse (or his or her legal personal representative if he or she has died) is, or could in the future be, entitled to be paid an amount, then:


(a) for the purposes of subsection (2), take account only of the inactive low-balance member ' s entitlement to payment remaining after any reduction by the payment split (disregarding subsection 90MB(3) of the Family Law Act 1975 ); and


(b) the superannuation provider must also pay an amount (the non-member spouse amount ) to the Commissioner in respect of the non-member spouse; and


(c) the non-member spouse amount is due and payable at the same time as the amount payable under subsection (1); and


(d) the amount of the non-member spouse amount is the amount of the reduction mentioned in paragraph (a).

Note 1:

Part VIIIB of the Family Law Act 1975 is about splitting amounts payable in respect of a superannuation interest between the parties to a marriage. Subsection 90MB(3) of that Act provides that the Part has effect subject to this Act.

Note 2:

Subsection 20QE(2) of this Act makes it an offence not to comply with a requirement under this subsection.

Miscellaneous

20QD(5)  
This section does not require the superannuation provider to pay the Commissioner:


(a) an amount that is unclaimed money at the end of the unclaimed money day; or


(b) an amount payable to a person identified in a notice the Commissioner has given the provider under section 20C ; or


(c) an amount payable to the Commissioner in respect of a lost member under section 24E .

Note 1:

Unclaimed money is payable to the Commissioner under subsection 17(1) .

Note 2:

An amount mentioned in paragraph (5)(b) is payable to the Commissioner under section 20F .

20QD(6)  
Upon payment to the Commissioner of an amount as required under this section, the superannuation provider is discharged from further liability in respect of that amount.

20QD(7)  
For the purposes of this section, ignore accounts with nil balances, or balances below nil, as at the calculation time mentioned in subsection (1).




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