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  • Tax Losses

    If a SMSF has income tax losses (not capital losses), reduce the amount of the loss by the net ECPI amount.

    The net ECPI amount is ECPI less any expenses that were incurred in deriving ECPI (such expenses cannot be claimed as a deduction).

    Then, any remaining tax losses can be offset against assessable income of the SMSF. Once the assessable income is reduced to zero, any further losses can be carried forward to the next financial year.

    Example 5

    AXY SMSF earned $30,000 in interest and paid $200 in bank fees, while 30% of the SMSF's assets were held to provide for the SMSF's current pension liabilities. It has $10,000 in tax losses carried forward from the previous year. This would be shown on the SMSF annual return as follows:

    Section B, Item 11 Income - Example 5



    Gross interest (label C)


    Assessable contributions (label R)


    Gross income (label W)


    *Exempt current pension income (label Y)

    $9,000 (30% of $30,000)

    Total assessable income (label V)


    Section C, Item 12 Deductions and non-deductible expenses - Example 5



    Interest expenses within Australia (label A1) (see note 4)

    $140 (70% of $200)

    Tax losses deducted (label M) (see note 5)

    $1,060 ($10,000 less $8,940)

    Total deductions (label N)


    Taxable income or loss (label O)


    Total non-deductible expenses (label Y)


    Total SMSF expenses (label Z)


    Section E, Item 14 Losses



    Tax losses carried forward to later income years (label U)


    *also include exempt current pension income in Section A label 10A of the SMSF annual return

    Note 4: The remaining bank fees of $60 (30% of $200) cannot be claimed as a deduction because they were incurred in earning the exempt current pension income.

    Note 5: Tax losses carried forward must be reduced by net ECPI before they can be offset against assessable income.

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    End of example
      Last modified: 15 Aug 2018QC 21546