Superannuation is perplexing enough, let alone when you should stress over Bankruptcy too. At Bankruptcy Experts we frequently have individuals questioning us about what may take place to their super, and if you have a regulated or industry fund (like most superfunds) then your super is secure, and Bankruptcy will have no impact upon your super. Nonetheless, if you have a Self-Managed Super Fund then you could get some troubles because there are certain things you can not do whilst insolvent surrounding the management of finances.

This is really an increasing concern with a number of Australians in the last few years; the ATO tells us it has grown Australia-wide from 758,589 in 2009 to 1,011,689 in 2014. So what happens to these Superfunds when it boils down to Bankruptcy?


As I proposed earlier, a basic option to your SMSF concern is to put your super back into a normal regulated managed fund before bankruptcy and save yourself all the problems described above.

Firstly, if you are considering Bankruptcy, you can not be a part of a SMSF. Why? Considering that if you are going up against personal bankruptcy, you will be grouped as a ‘disqualified person’. And a disqualified individual can not operate as an Individual Trustee. This poses a challenge because typically most of the SMSFs are just 2 individuals, which means both of these participants must also be the individual trustees. The position of trustee sets a bunch of legal guidelines, and if you are in this position I would highly urge you to be aware of them all– as an example the fact that you can not ‘know or suspect’ that one of you are insolvent. So you can observe how an individual insolvency can be rather damaging to a SMSF and as you can picture the process of Bankruptcy for a SMSF is rather convoluted.

Irrespective if you phone us or somebody else it does not matter, just please do not step into bankruptcy blind when it comes to your SMSF. In reality because Bankruptcy is so complex with SMSFs we urge you to get both legal and financial advice before proceeding with any of the actions indicated in this short article.

So what takes place if one of the members of an SMSF does enter Insolvency?

For starters, the SMSF will need to be restructured. This means that you will certainly want to think about your entire structure and make certain it is complying with the basic rules, consisting of points like maintaining a new trustee that is not coping with issues with Insolvency. The Australian Tax office will offer you a 6 month ‘grace period’ to get this accomplished before you face punishments. And consider, sometimes the most ideal plan would be to simply roll the fund into an industry or corporate fund.

Beyond these large-scale restructuring troubles, there is a huge amount of paperwork to cope with too, and you have to be constantly keeping the ATO informed of what is taking place. This indicates you have to let them know that you have a bankruptcy problem with your current trustee, that they are being eliminated as quickly as possible and let them know who the new trustee/director is. The Bankrupt will also need to update the ATO using the form NAT 3036 (Found on the ATO website) and they need to also notify ASIC of their resignation.

In the course of that 6 month duration you will have to remove the Bankrupt from the SMSF– including their property and assets. Keep in mind if you are uncertain call Bankruptcy Experts for some free advice on 1300 795 575.

What happens if I use a single member fund?

However, if you are a single member fund the Bankruptcy will be a little bit varied since you will need to designate a new director (since it can not be you anymore) you are going to need to make a great deal of difficult selections with this so getting in touch with a specialist is going to be essential. You can contact Bankruptcy Experts for some free assistance on 1300 795 575.

From that you can discover how when it involves Bankruptcy, although one single member is handling concerns, it can have an effect on the very existence of an SMSF. If you are at this moment facing this issue yourself, or with a partner in a SMSF, feel free to get financial advice to make sure you are fulfilling the ATO requirements.

Bankruptcy is never simple, but getting correct guidance is the best initial step. If you want to go over your approaches further, contact us at Bankruptcy Experts or visit our website: or just call us on 1300 795 575.