On 24 May 2018, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced the commencement of a 12 month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty (the Amnesty).
The Amnesty is a one-off opportunity for employers to self-correct past super guarantee (SG) non-compliance without penalty.
Subject to the passage of legislation, the Amnesty will be available from 24 May 2018 to 23 May 2019.
Employers who voluntarily disclose previously undeclared SG shortfalls during the Amnesty and before the commencement of an audit of their SG will:
not be liable for the administration component and penalties that may otherwise apply to late SG payments, and be able to claim a deduction for catch-up payments made in the 12-month period.
Employers will still be required to pay all employee entitlements. This includes the unpaid SG amounts owed to employees and the nominal interest, as well as any associated general interest charge (GIC).
The Amnesty applies to previously undeclared SG shortfalls for any period from 1 July 1992 up to 31 March 2018.
The Amnesty does not apply to the period starting on 1 April 2018 or subsequent periods.
Employers who are not up-to-date with their SG payment obligations to their employees and who don’t come forward during the Amnesty may face higher penalties in the future.
Accessing the Amnesty is a simple process. If you are able to pay the full SG shortfall amount directly to your employees’ super fund or (funds), then complete a payment form and submit it to ATO electronically through the business portal.
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