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Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits

  • November 20 2020
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Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits

By Miranda Brownlee
November 20 2020

While there have been no announcements regarding the proposed three-yearly audit cycle since June last year, one technical expert has urged the government to confirm that the measure is firmly “off the table”.

Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits

Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits

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  • November 20 2020
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While there have been no announcements regarding the proposed three-yearly audit cycle since June last year, one technical expert has urged the government to confirm that the measure is firmly “off the table”.

Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits

As part of the 2018–19 federal budget, the government announced plans to change the annual audit requirement to a three-yearly requirement where SMSFs have a good history of good record keeping and compliance.

The proposed measure was met with considerable industry backlash, with many SMSF specialists highlighting various practical issues with changing the audit cycle.

After the Treasury released a discussion paper and completed consultation on the measure back in August 2018, the government did not issue draft legislation.

In June last year, senator Jane Hume said the government was still considering the outcomes of the consultation on the measure.

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Deloitte partner and national SMSF leader Liz Westover said while the measure did not appear in the budget papers this year, she would still like to see the government provide certainty that the measure it now completely ruled out.

“I’m not aware of the government actually saying that it’s off the table,” Ms Westover said speaking at the SMSF Adviser Technical Strategy Masterclass. 

“I would certainly welcome some absolute clarity on that to ensure it’s not back on the radar.”

Since the measure was first announced, the proposal to implement three-yearly audit cycles has been controversial, with a number of specialists in the industry criticising the idea.

KPMG warned that extending the audit cycle to three years may exacerbate compliance issues and the amount clients need to pay in penalties.

Others raised concerns that the proposal could also see increased activity by unscrupulous advisers and promoters targeting SMSFs with early release schemes.

Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits
Government pushed to rule out 3-year audits
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