Written by:
Anthony Cullen
Senior SMSF Educator

For many individuals, a Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is a vital component of their retirement savings strategy. However, there comes a time when one must consider winding up their SMSF, whether due to reaching a certain age, changing circumstances, or simply that the SMSF no longer suits their needs. 

Did you know that around 16,000 SMSFs wind up each year? Winding up an SMSF is a critical process that involves various compliance, taxation and practical considerations. 

Winding up an SMSF is a crucial process that needs to be done correctly and can take some time. If you want to have the SMSF wound up this financial year, now is the time to start the process. Leaving it for the last minute can lead to complications for both trustees and professionals involved in the process. To help you navigate this important step, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar ‘Are you wound up over wind ups?’

The Importance of correctly winding up an SMSF: 

  1. Compliance with Regulations: SMSFs are subject to strict regulations and compliance requirements set by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Failing to adhere to these regulations when winding up your SMSF can result in penalties and legal complications. Our webinar will guide you through the necessary steps to ensure your fund is closed in accordance with ATO guidelines.


  2. Minimizing Tax Liabilities: Incorrectly winding up your SMSF can lead to unexpected tax liabilities. Understanding how a wind up affects an SMSF’s claim for exempt current pension income (ECPI) can be crucial to minimizing fund income tax in the year of wind up. Making informed decisions during the wind-up process can help you minimize tax consequences and optimize your financial position. Our own actuarial statistics show that around 33% of all actuarial certificate applications in 2022-23 which our team review in detail, in order to provide an accurate exempt income proportion, had a member exiting an SMSF in an income year, and 29% involved a fund wind up.


  3. Asset Distribution: Properly distributing your SMSF assets to members or beneficiaries or transferring to another fund is a complex process. Understanding the rules governing this distribution is crucial to ensure assets are allocated correctly and fairly. It can also present challenges when dealing with certain assets, for example, illiquid assets or assets which have been ‘frozen’. Our webinar will provide insights on asset distribution strategies.


  4. Closing Accounts and Reporting: Winding up an SMSF involves closing bank accounts, selling assets, and finalizing financial transactions. Detailed record-keeping and reporting are essential to meet regulatory requirements and avoid complications down the road. We will cover the documentation and reporting aspects in our webinar.


  5. Investment Strategy and Investment Property: If your SMSF holds investment properties, you need to navigate the intricacies of selling or transferring these assets. Our webinar will discuss the options available and the best strategies for handling investment properties during the wind-up process.


  6. Member Consent and Documentation: Obtaining member consent and maintaining accurate documentation throughout the wind-up process is vital. Failure to do so can result in disputes and legal challenges. Our webinar will provide guidance on obtaining the necessary approvals and documentation. 



Correctly winding up your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund is a significant decision that can impact your client’s retirement savings and tax liabilities. Attending our webinar ‘Are you wound up over wind-ups?’ will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate this process successfully. We invite you to join us and gain valuable insights into ensuring a smooth and compliant SMSF wind-up. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to avoid being wound up over SMSF wind ups. Register today! 

Are you wound up over wind-ups?

Thursday 15 February 2024 12:00PM-03:00PM AEDT

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