Losses in crypto investments for SMSFs

November 2, 2023 | Luke Wade

Over the last few income years, the ATO has seen some instances of SMSF trustees losing their crypto asset investments.

These losses have been caused by:

Trustees thinking of investing in crypto need to be aware of the ways that crypto can be lost, including through scams, and how these scams can be avoided.

Many crypto assets are not commonly considered to be financial products, which means the platform where crypto is bought and sold may not be regulated by ASIC.

Therefore, trustees may not be protected if the platform fails or is hacked.  When a crypto platform fails they will most likely lose all of their crypto.

Investing in crypto can be complex and risky, and so the ATO recommends that trustees seek financial advice before investing.