What is an In-House Asset?

By Jason Fittler

With certain exclusions, an In-House Asset of a super fund is an asset that is any one of the following:

• A loan to, or an investment in, a related party of the fund

• An investment in a related trust of the fund

• An asset of the fund that is subject to a lease or lease arrangement between the trustee of the fund (you) and a related party of the fund.

Generally, as a trustee of an SMSF you cannot lend to, or invest in, a related party or related trust of the fund, where the loans, or the values of the assets that are the subject of the investment or lease arrangement, are greater than 5% of the market value of the fund's total assets.

If your SMSF has In-House Assets with a value of more than 5% of the market value of the fund's total assets, you risk one of the following:

• Disqualification

• The fund being made non-complying

• A range of other penalties

• The inability to purchase further in-house assets

• Prosecution

The penalties for holding more than 5% of your Super in an In-House Asset is that the income from the asset will be taxed at 45%, plus your fund could become non-complying.

You need to check the level of your In-House Assets regular as the 5% rule could be breached either from the value of the In-House Asset increasing, or the value of the other assets in the portfolio decreasing.

If you do breach the In-House Asset rules you need to develop a strategy to reduce your exposure to the In-House Asset over the next 12-months.

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