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Property and my SMSF

The directly held property makes up approximately 19% of all SMSF assets, indicating that many SMSF trustees consider it’s an important and significant part of a diversified portfolio. There are numerous strategies and ways for property to form part of an SMSF’s investments and each must be carefully considered.
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Crypto Currencies

This is an area that is becoming increasingly discussed within the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) environment and we encourage those that are interested in this type of investment contact us first to discuss the implications as there is no ‘one size’ fits all.

Some areas of compliance to review but not limited to, are:

  1. Separation of assets – An electronic crypto currency wallet is a pre-requisite for purchase, one of the potential issues here is that some providers do not cater for self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) titles on this wallet. .
  2. Acquisition from a related party – Ensure that this purchase is made from an independent third party.
  3. Investment strategy – This will need to be reviewed, and potentially updated, to ensure this is an allowable investment by the Fund.
  4. Trust Deed – As with your SMSF’s investment strategy, this will need to be reviewed, and potentially updated, to ensure this is an allowable investment by the Fund.

 Please note that there are taxation rulings and determinations issue by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and capital gains tax rules may apply to the disposal of the asset.

CGT Relief

From 1 July 2017 a cap of $1.6m will be introduced on the amount a person can transfer into the tax free retirement phase. Anyone with a total retirement phase balance in excess of $1.6m will generally be required to either commute the excess amount back to accumulation phase or withdraw the excess from superannuation altogether. Further, transition to retirement (TRIS) pensions will not be treated as retirement phase income streams from 1 July 2017.


Earnings on assets supporting retirement phase income streams are eligible for an exemption from income tax. To compensate those who will need to transfer assets out of retirement phase in order to comply with the new rules will have access to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) relief on the impacted assets. This CGT relief will allow the Trustee to elect to reset an asset’s cost base in 2016-17. This effectively locks in the capital gains tax treatment of the assets up to 30 June 2017 prior to the new rules applying from 1 July 2017. How this relief applies is different depending on several factors.

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