Borrowing in an SMSF – LRBAs and other rules

Section 67 of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 prohibits, and then makes exceptions for, the trustees of a fund from borrowing or maintaining an existing borrowing. Limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) are of course the biggest and often most contentious exception to the borrowing rules but there are other long standing exceptions that can create confusion and can be misapplied, particularly within an SMSF. Whilst often the emphasis is on the original transaction i.e. “the borrowing”, the second part of Section 67 prohibits a fund from “maintaining a borrowing” which in effect is to say if you have borrowed inappropriately or have borrowed appropriately but failed the repayment conditions then you can also breach the section.

This webinar will work through the various borrowing exceptions, with a particular focus on the issues that often draw the attention of fund auditors. We will also look at the key structural considerations of LRBAs 10 years on from the ATO releasing SMSFR 2012/1 which dealt with the key concepts of LRBAs and how to apply them.

Leaning Outcomes:

At the end of this webinar, participants will have an appreciation for:
• When an SMSF can and cannot borrow and the time and value restrictions
• Repairs and maintenance versus improvements with LRBAs
• Audit considerations and the SMSF penalty regime for breaching s67
• The considerations when an LRBA comes to an end


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Presenter: Tim Miller

Cost: FREE

Date: 06 April 2022

Date: 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM AEST

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SuperGuardian’s education activities are assessed against the SMSF Association’s professional education standards. Being recognised as an SMSF Association Accredited Educator enables us to work closely with the Association in lifting the standards of professional SMSF advice and services through quality SMSF education.


Tim Miller

Education Manager

Tim Miller is one of Australia’s leading SMSF educators and presenters with over 23 years’ experience in the Superannuation industry.  His experience has been gained through providing legislative and compliance support to thousands of Trustees, Accountants and Financial Planners since joining the SMSF sector in 1999.  In addition to servicing the needs of SMSF clients, his practical and personable approach to compliance has made him a much sought after presenter.

Tim regularly presents at the major SMSF conferences and events, contributes to various trade and general publications and is the author of one of the subjects of the SMSF Association Graduate Certificate delivered through the University of Adelaide and Kaplan, which has also been adopted as part of the CA ANZ SMSF specialist program.

Tim is an SMSF Association Specialist Adviser.


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