Once an SMSF has been established and is registered with the Tax Office, the Fund can invest into any asset class which is allowable under the SIS Act and agrees with the Funds Trust Deed and Investment Strategy. From those investments, the SMSF is eligible to receive income.
Typical sources of income in an SMSF include the following:
- Interest income received from the Bank
- Dividends from Shares held by the Fund
- Trust Distributions for Unit Trust Investments
- Rental Property payments
- Capital Gains
The Fund can also receive the following as income:
Income Allocation to Members
The accounting software we use to prepare Financial Statements and Tax Returns for SMSFs uses the default daily weighted average balance method to allocate the income received in the Fund to each Member.
The SIS Act offers some guidance on how income should be allocated to SMSF Members but does not enforce Funds to use any allocation method in particular. As long as a fair and reasonable approach is used when allocating income to Members, this meets the requirements outlined in the SIS Act. This gives Trustees some discretion in deciding how the SMSF income should be allocated to the Members. To see the legislation, click the link below:
The income allocation in an SMSF will depend on the income and expenses in the Fund. For information on SMSF expenses, click here.