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Does an SMSF require a tax return?

Yes, an SMSF (Self-Managed Superannuation Fund) is required to lodge an annual tax return with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The tax return for an SMSF is known as the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Annual Return (SMSFAR) and is submitted to report the fund’s financial activities, income, expenses, contributions, and deductions. It is an essential compliance requirement, and failure to lodge the annual tax return on time can result in penalties and the potential loss of tax concessions. SMSFs must also undergo an annual audit by an independent auditor as part of the compliance process.