Appointing an SMSF Auditor
You need to appoint an approved self-managed super fund (SMSF) auditor for each income year, no later than 45 days before you need to lodge your SMSF annual return (SAR).
Your SMSF’s audit must be finalised before you lodge, as you’ll need some information from the audit report to complete the SAR. You must ensure the correct auditor details are provided in the SAR, otherwise you may be penalised.
Your auditor will perform a financial and compliance audit of your SMSF’s operations before lodging. Remember, an audit is required even if no contributions or payments are made in the financial year.
Your approved SMSF auditor must be:
- registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) – you’ll need to provide their SMSF auditor number (SAN) on your SAR
- independent – auditors shouldn’t audit a fund where they
- hold any financial interest in, or where they have a close personal or business relationship with members or trustees
- work for a firm who provides your fund with other services such as certain accounting services, tax, super or financial planning advice.
If a fund doesn’t meet the rules for operating an SMSF, the auditor may be required to report any contraventions to the ATO.
Approved SMSF auditors can be busy so it’s a good idea to start this process early. You can find a list of approved SMSF auditors on the ASIC website.
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