On 24 May last year, the government announced a superannuation guarantee (SG) amnesty which would give employers an opportunity to rectify past SG non-compliance without penalty.
The Tax Office has now confirmed it has waived the Part 7 penalty in full for those who have made a voluntary disclosure.
Employers will still have to pay the SG they owe to their employee, the interest amount, and the $20 administration component per employee per quarter.
The benefits of the proposed amnesty was set to include a waiver of the administration component, Part 7 penalty, and allowing all catch-up payments during the 12-month amnesty period to become tax-deductible.
Accountants and their clients should consider advising clients to make a voluntary disclosure despite the hold up.
“If you have an SG obligation and you get caught in an audit, you’re going to face the full penalty regime”.
Since 1 July 2018, the ATO have completed nearly 18,000 compliance cases around SG payments and raised liability of over $450 million.