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13 February 2024

Why Keeping Track Matters

As we are now well into 2024, it's a great time to talk about the importance of maintaining excellent records for your self-managed super fund (SMSF). Whether you're a seasoned SMSF trustee or considering diving into the world of self-managed super funds, understanding the significance of meticulous record-keeping is crucial.

Benefits of Effective Record Keeping

Why is it so important, you may ask? Well, for starters, good record-keeping makes life easier for everyone involved. By keeping detailed records of your SMSF transactions and activities, you streamline the process of providing information to SMSF professionals for audits and annual return preparations. This not only saves time but can also help reduce audit and administration costs, leaving more funds to invest in retirement goals.

But it's not just about saving money; it's also about staying on the right side of the law. Maintaining accurate records is a legal requirement for SMSF trustees, and failing to do so can lead to administrative penalties. These penalties are no joke and can be personally payable by each trustee or the corporate entity overseeing the fund.


Responsibility of Trustees


Now, you might be thinking, "But I have professionals handling my SMSF. Isn't it their job to keep track of everything?" While it's true that super or tax professionals can assist with the administration of your SMSF, the ultimate responsibility for record-keeping lies with you as the trustee.

Whether you're managing your SMSF solo or with the help of professionals, taking ownership of your fund's record-keeping is essential. It ensures regulatory compliance, protects your fund from potential penalties, and ultimately contributes to its overall success.

So, as we embark on another year of managing SMSFs, let's commit to maintaining good record-keeping habits. Trust us; your future self will thank you for it.

About Superannuation Audit Services


Superannuation Audit Services is a leading SMSF auditing company based in Melbourne, with a broad reach servicing clients Australia wide. Our experienced team is dedicated to delivering reliable and thorough audit services to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, offering peace of mind to our clients.

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