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Taxation within a SMSF

One of the basic principles of superannuation is that it is a low taxation vehicle. The Government gives these tax concessions in return for your SMSF complying with the super laws, which restrict when you can access these funds.

The following is a overview of the basics of the taxation within a SMSF, assuming that the fund is a complying superannuation fund.


Taxable income

The trustees of a complying SMSF are liable to pay tax (from the assets of the SMSF) on the taxable income of the fund for each year of income. The taxable income of a SMSF is calculated as:

Total assessable investment income + concessional contributions + taxable capital gains – allowable deductions.

This taxable income is taxed at the concessional rate of 15%.

However, the are some special rules for:

- capital gains
- special income


And a further reduction of tax payable by way of any rebates such as imputation credits.


Capital gains tax:

A capital gain arising from the disposal of an asset of the SMSF will form part of the fund’s taxable income and will be subject to tax at 15%. However there are some further concessions:


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