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Accountants warned on TBAR headache


With different SMSF administration software providers each issuing their own member codes and identifiers, the ATO may have difficulty matching separate events where an event is cancelled, a software firm warns.

By Miranda Brownlee3 minute read

The ATO has previously indicated that where SMSF practitioners or trustees need to correct the information that has been reported to the ATO in a TBAR, they will need to cancel that TBAR and then lodge a new TBAR with the correct information.


It has also stressed the importance of making sure that the information provided in the cancellation form matches the information that was originally provided in the TBAR, so that the ATO can match the events.

BGL Corporate Solutions product manager Anthony Fernandez explained that where SMSF professionals switch administration software providers or take on a new client from a firm that used a different type of software, sometimes issues can arise with this process.

“For example, let’s say you’re using one particular type of SMSF administration software and you’ve reported a pension or the start of the pension, and it was erroneously reported and you now need to lodge a cancellation for it,” said Mr Fernandez in a recent SMSF Adviser webcast.

“When the original pension was lodged or reported, it used the member code and the identifier that was generated within that software. Now when you lodge the cancellation, you do it within the new software which is using a new member code and member identifier, so the ATO won’t be able to match it with the event that was originally lodged.”

Mr Fernandez said this means that SMSF professionals and their clients need to be careful and ensure that the cancellation is lodged using the same member code and identifier for that original event.

“Hopefully, the software that you’re using can accommodate for that,” he said.

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Accountants warned on TBAR headache
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Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee


Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

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