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Superannuation changes to Director Penalty Notices take effect today (1 April 2019)

Superannuation changes to Director Penalty Notices take effect today (1 April 2019)

As professional advisors, we need to keep abreast of the changing landscape, in particular, the ever evolving tax laws.

The Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 received Royal Assent on 1 March 2019. This Bill amends the reporting timeframes for superannuation regarding whether a Director Penalty Notice (“DPN”) is either lockdown or non-lockdown. There has been no change for PAYG and the three-month from due date rule continues to apply.

Just to recap on the DPN Regime prior to today:

  • Directors of a company can be held personally liable for the PAYGW and Superannuation amounts payable by a company if the amounts are not reported within three (3) months of their due date.
  • A DPN may take the form of a Lockdown DPN or Non-Lockdown DPN.
  • Under a Non-Lockdown DPN, remission options given to directors include:
    1. Paying the debt;
    2. Appointing a Voluntary Administrator; or
    3. Placing the company into Liquidation under a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation.
  • A Lockdown DPN will not provide the Non-Lockdown remission options above and the amount becomes a debt due by both the company and its directors.
  • If amounts relating to PAYGW and Superannuation are at least reported within three (3) months of their due date, but no actual remittance of the sums due, then the directors escape personal liability on the proviso that the company takes the action referred to above within the 21 days referenced in the DPN.

 

So What’s the Position Now from 1 April 2019 for Superannuation?

The above Act now amends that Superannuation aspect under the DPN regime only.  PAYGW remains the same as before with the three (3) month rule from due date reporting to avoid personal liability of directors.

The new law eliminates the three (3) month from due date rule for superannuation reporting only. The Superannuation amounts must be reported by their due date i.e. within 28 days of the end of each quarter and not the former three (3) month from due date for the director to have any opportunity to remit the penalty.

As professional advisors, we must be aware of this significant change to the DPN regime and it is incumbent on us to ensure that our client directors are aware of this significant change to the law.

 

Article written by Michael Carrafa, Executive Director, SV Partners Victoria 

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