ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2006/220


Superannuation Retirement Income Entities: additional investment by self managed superannuation fund in a related trust
FOI status: may be released
Status of this decision: Decision Current
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Is an additional investment in a related trust by a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) after 11 August 1999 an in-house asset of the SMSF as defined in subsection 71(1) of the Supervision Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (SISA)?


Yes. The additional investment by an SMSF is an 'in-house asset' as defined in subsection 71(1) of SISA.


The SMSF and related trust were established before 11 August 1999 where the SMSF is the sole beneficiary of the trust. Both trusts have the same corporate trustee.

The related trust purchased and paid a deposit for real property 'off the plan' prior to 11 August 1999.

The SMSF received further units in the related trust after 11 August 1999 after making an additional investment in the related trust.

The related trust intended to sell the property before settlement but was unable to find buyer. It then borrowed money to settle the purchase after subsequent issue of units to the SMSF.

The property is leased at arms length to an unrelated third party.

Reasons for Decision

Subsection 71(1) of SISA provides that an in-house asset of a superannuation fund includes investments in a related trust.

Section 71A of SISA exempts such an investment from being an in-house asset if it was acquired before 11 August 1999. An investment is also exempted if it was acquired after 11 August 1999, but where that acquisition was made under a contract that was entered into before that date. In both circumstances the investment must not have been an in-house asset under the former rules.

In this case, the fund had an investment as at 11 August 1999. The exception under section 71A of SISA applies to this investment, meaning it is not an in-house asset.

The fund made an additional investment in the related trust after 11 August 1999 and was issued with further units. The exception under section 71A of the SISA does not apply to the additional investment.

Further investments in the related trust after 11 August 1999 that are not in line with a contract entered into before that date will be treated as in-house assets unless specifically excluded by sections 71D or 71E of SISA and made before the end of 30 June 2009.

The additional units were not acquired through a reinvestment of trust distributions.

The exception under section 71D of SISA does not apply.

The investment by the related trust was not geared as at 11 August 1999 and there is no evidence of an election to apply section 71E of SISA to the investment in the related trust. Therefore, the section 71E exception also does not apply.

The additional investment in the related trust after 11 August 1999 is therefore an in-house asset under the rules contained in section 71 of SISA.

Date of decision:  24 October 2001

Year of income:  Year ended 30 June 2001

Legislative References:
Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
   subsection 71(1)
   paragraph 71A(1)(a)
   section 71D
   section 71E

Related ATO Interpretative Decisions
ATO ID 2002/320

ATO Interpretative Decisions overturned by this decision
ATO ID 2002/552

Complying superannuation funds
Self managed superannuation funds
SMSF loans
SMSF related parties
Superannuation fund in house assets

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number:  5173380; 1-5DJ33HK

Business Line:  Superannuation

Date of publication:  11 August 2006
Date reviewed:  20 June 2014

ISSN: 1445-2782

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  15 April 2016 Updated statement

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