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How expenses are treated when an SMSF has ECPI

Expenses which an SMSF incurs in deriving ECPI can't be claimed on the SMSF annual return.

Last updated 11 April 2022

Generally, expenses which an SMSF incurs in deriving ECPI can't be claimed on the SMSF annual return. This means these expenses must not be included as part of the deductions claimed in the SMSF annual return.

Expenses incurred in gaining or producing exempt or non-assessable non-exempt income or expenses of a capital, private or domestic nature aren't allowable deductions.

Generally, if an expense is incurred which relates to both ECPI and assessable income, the expense must be apportioned so that only the proportion of the expense for the production of assessable income is claimed.

If the fund is 100% in retirement phase, generally expenses shouldn't be deducted as they will be incurred in gaining ECPI.

Certain deductions can be claimed in full, whether they provide exempt or assessable income – e.g. tax-related expenses such as the supervisory levy and death and disability premiums.

Don't include management and administration expenses in the amount claimed at the ECPI label or investment expenses label.

See also

  • TR 93/17 Income tax: income tax deductions available to superannuation funds

Example 6: SMSF expenses

AXY SMSF earned $60,000 in interest and paid $500 in bank fees. Eighty percent of the fund's assets were held to provide for current pension liabilities.

This would be shown on the SMSF annual return as follows:

Section B, Item 11 Income – Example 6



Gross interest (label C)


Assessable contributions (label R)


Exempt current pension income (label Y)

$48,000 (80% of $60,000)

Total assessable income (label V)


Section C, Item 12 Deductions and non-deductible expenses – Example 6



Interest expenses within Australia (label A1)(see note 6)

$100 (20% of $500)

Total deductions (label N)


Taxable income or loss (label O)


Total non-deductible expenses (label Y)


Total SMSF expenses (label Z)


Note that you should also include ECPI in Section A label 10A of the SMSF annual return.

Note 6: The remaining bank fees of $400 (80% of $500) can't be claimed as a deduction, because they were incurred in earning the ECPI.

End of example