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SMSFs and cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular over the past few years. As many keen investors jump on board, the ATO is reminding SMSFs to be aware of the tax consequences.

Cryptocurrencies are classified as capital gains tax (CGT) assets, therefore, upon their disposal they may be subject to capital gains tax (CGT).

It is essential to keep records of cryptocurrency transactions within a SMSF such as acquiring and disposing a cryptocurrency.

An investment within a SMSF must:
– Be allowed under the trust deed
– Be in accordance with the investment strategy of the fund
– Comply with SISA and SISR regulatory requirements

When an SMSF invests in a cryptocurrency it must follow the same regulatory requirements that apply to investments in other assets. For example, super laws pertaining valuation, ownership and separation of assets, related party transactions, pension or benefit payments, sole-purpose test and voluntary disclosures apply to all cryptocurrency transactions.

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Updates to the unclaimed superannuation money protocol

January 15, 2020

The Superannuation (Unclaimed Money and Lost Members) Act 1999 (SUMLMA), more commonly known as the unclaimed superannuation money protocol, has been updated recently to provide a clearer structure going forward.

SUMLMA provides guidance on in relation to unclaimed money, lost member accounts, superannuation accounts of former temporary residents and their associated reporting and payment obligations. The update has now added content on inactive low balance accounts.

The act now clearly defines what is an inactive low-balance account, how statements and payments work, the registering of lost members and various rules for special cases.

It is important to note that the information in the protocol does not apply to super providers that are trustees of a state or territory public sector super scheme, in which:

The protocol provides administrative guidance only and should not be taken as a replacement for the law or technical reporting specifications.