SMSFs from 1 July 2021 – Same, Same, But Different

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As we enter the month of July, a blend of fresh starts and familiar experiences engulfs us while the ongoing pandemic continues to influence our lives. While specific SMSF regulations remain unchanged from 1 July 2021, several significant alterations have taken place. Thus, it becomes crucial for all trustees to stay informed about these updates and avoid any unforeseen consequences. SMSF accountants can be vital in keeping trustees well-informed and prepared for the changes.


Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate increase

The new SG rate has increased to 10% (up from 9.5%).

Contribution cap increases

The increased contribution caps are as follows:

  • Concessional $27,500 (up from $25,000)
  • Non-concessional $110,000 (up from $100,000) or up to $330,000 under the bring forward provision (up from $300,000).

Traps in the bring forward provision:

  • Whether a member can trigger the bring forward provision will depend on their Total Super Balance as of 30 June 2021.
  • The bring forward provision age has been increased to 67, so individuals aged 65 and 66 at any time in a financial year are now eligible to trigger the bring forward provision.
  • Members that triggered the bring forward arrangement before 1 July 2021 will not have access to additional cap space due to the increase in the non-concessional cap. i.e. only a maximum of $300,000 can be contributed.

Re-contribution of COVID-19 early release superannuation amounts

Where an individual has previously received a COVID-19 early release of superannuation, they can re-contribute up to the amount they received without the contributions counting towards their non-concessional cap. These contributions:

  • can be made between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2030
  • cannot exceed the total amount of super accessed under the COVID-19 early release, and
  • cannot be claimed as a personal superannuation deduction.

Those wishing to do this need to notify their super fund in the approved form before or when making the re-contribution.

Abolition of Excess Concessional Contributions Charge

Individuals who make contributions on or after 1 July 2021 that exceed their excess concessional contributions cap will no longer be liable to pay the excess concessional contributions charge.

Transfer Balance Cap increase

The general Transfer Balance Cap will increase to $1.7m (up from $1.6m).

Every member will have their own personal Transfer Balance Cap depending on whether they have ever had a retirement phase pension or received a death benefit pension before 1 July 2021.

Member fund size increasing to six

SMSFs will now be able to have a maximum of six members instead of four.

Market valuations for investments

Trustees must now obtain annual market valuations on all investments, including property and collectables. The ATO has expressly stated market valuations do not include a real estate appraisal unless it contains objective and supportive data.

SMSF rollovers via SuperStream

From 1 October 2021, all SMSFs must use SuperStream to roll over superannuation monies between funds.


Reduced minimum pension requirements

The 50% reduction in the minimum pension requirement due to Covid-19 will continue to apply in the 2021-22 financial year as follows:

Age at 1 July 2021Reduced Minimum Percentage
Under 652%
65 – 742.5%
75 – 793%
80 – 843.5%
85 – 894.5%
90 – 945.5%
95 and over7%

Work test abolition for individuals aged 65 and 66

Members aged between 65 and 66 can make voluntary contributions (previously restricted to people below 65) without meeting a work test. This applies to both concessional and non-concessional contributions.

If you have any questions about the above changes, please don’t hesitate to contact your client manager.

Kreston Stanley Williamson Team

*Correct as of 16 July 2021

Disclaimer – Kreston Stanley Williamson has produced this article to serve its clients and associates. The information contained in the article is of general comment only and is not intended to be advice on any particular matter. Before acting on any areas in this article, you must seek advice about your circumstances. Liability is limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.

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