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How to audit an SMSF that has invested in Crypto Currency

As an SMSF auditor, auditing an SMSF with an investment in crypto currency makes me nervous. Somehow I have to force myself away from this sudden urge to lodge a contravention report and advice the ATO of trustee mischief and foolishness, as I personally think it is a bogus investment class (strangely, Mr Buffet agrees with me).

My personal opinion aside, crypto currency is a valid and an allowable SMSF asset and is not going to go away from trustee's mind, no matter how much I hate it.

In any case, fund auditors cannot dictate Trustees which investment classes a fund can or should invest in - irrespective of the fact that they are AFS licence holders.

If a fund Trustee decides to invest in Crypto, then that is their choice to do so, as long as all the requirements are complied with. At most all the auditor can do (in light of Bear and Cam case) is alert the Trustees on recoverability of the asset class in their management letter and off course go the extreme of resigning from the audit engagement before commencing the audit.

When I commenced my audit, my only pray was " God, let this fund be the first and last fund that I have to audit with investment in crypto" (my sixth sense however alerted me otherwise), as 2018 audit season had just begun and November 2017 was when Bit coin peaked and that was the time when every trustee and his dog was trying to set up crypto wallets accounts for FOMO reasons.

This fund was probably going to be the first of many to come with crypto as an asset class.

Finally wiping sweat of my brow, I got on the job, as I must audit what is in the financial statement based on audit evidence provided and focus on audit of compliance issues, to express my audit opinion. My main areas of concern were:

  • Does the fund's trust deed and investment strategy allow for this type of investment?
  • Can ownership and existence of crypto asset be confirmed?
  • What is the market value of crypto at balance date and my audit report signing date?
  • Is separation of assets and the sole purpose test achieved by the fund?

After investing a whole lot of time and effort and ensuring that I have not missed anything, I come up with the following:

- Declaration of trust which the Trustees and the person who owns the digital wallet must sign;

- Minutes of the meeting where investment is decided which the Trustees must sign;

- Valuation of digital currency notes; and

- notes in my management letter.


Click here to download my work - such as Declaration of Trust + Minutes of meeting + Valuation of Asset + Comment in Management letter.


To make your life easy, I am enclosing my work for you to use - those using, do not worry, all this information and additional checklist on answering "Yes" to the question "Does the SMSF own Crypto Currency?" will soon appear on Tab B with detail checklist on Balance Sheet Tab.

Those not using - good luck and hope you can keep your auditing licence till another audit year, because I have not seen a crypto "How to audit" checklist on any other platform - remember, you are welcome to audit 5 funds for free when you join

SMSF auditor needs to consider audit plan and their audit strategy to ensure risks associated with crypto asset class is documented in the audit working papers and the audit has considered valuation of crpto asset in the financial statements and notes thereto.








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CPD Requirement for SMSF Auditors


SMSF Auditors: SIS Regulations 9A.04

(1)  For paragraph 128F(a) of the Act, the requirements in this regulation form the continuing professional development requirement.

             (2)  The approved SMSF auditor must undertake at least 120 hours of continuing professional development every 3 years.

             (3)  The development must:

                     (a)  include 30 hours of development about superannuation at least 8 hours of which is development about auditing of self managed superannuation funds; and


                     (b) : be development that could reasonably be expected to enhance an approved SMSF auditor's technical skills or professional service delivery.


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Thank you for inviting me to your seminar. I really learnt a lot of practical SMSF audit issues from you which I did not know before. I really liked your presentation style and the way that you conducted the technical seminar explaining things on the white board. I been to many seminars including NTAA SMSF School and SMSF workshops but your presentation was quite unique and much better as it was targeted at my level and I could understand complexities of the new SMSF law.

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Justice of the Peace & SMSF Auditor





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Date :   24th May 2018 - 14th June 2018

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Timings : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm


Cost: The fee for seminar is $165 Incl. GST and is tax deductible(Plus Travel). Includes 10 audits worth $187 Incl. GST


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Proposed Agenda

8. 30 - 9.00 AM  Registration - Arrival Tea and Coffee

09.00 AM Technical Session -  Audit of SMSF - Transfer Balance Cap | Contributions & Total Superannuation Balance | CGT Relief

11.00 AM  Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 AM  Introduction to Audit Online on SMSF Audit Software and Website integration

01:00 PM Lunch and Group Discussion on Audit of funds with LRBA - Loan from related party - how repayment of Loan will be considered  

02.00 PM  How to complete an audit in half the time

4.30 PM  Workshop Closed



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Included in the fee is an account to audit 10 SMSF on the online platform worth $187 and Lunch. Those auditors who are already using the online software will benefit by learning new shortcuts and other advanced features of the online software. 


Recommended For

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Session Notes

CPD Hours

2 Hours CPD in Superannuaiton and 4 Hours CPD on auditing SMSF's Total 6 CPD hours under self assessment method under RG 243.88 - 90 and SISA 128Q and SISR 9.04

RG 243.89 You will need to complete 120 hours of CPD over each three-year period, which must include 30 hours of development on superannuation and at least 8 hours of development on auditing SMSFs.

SISR 9A.04 (3) (b)  be development that could reasonably be expected to enhance an approved SMSF auditor's technical skills or professional service delivery.


Attendee Requirements

Attendees may bring their own Laptops / Ipads for a better understanding - although some attendees may get more from the workshop by looking at the facilitators screen 


Manoj Abichandani 

Manoj has worked in SMSF since 1988 and is SMSF Specialist (UNSW). He was providing high level advisory services to over 600 funds in his own 3 partner CPA tax practice for 19 years and has written this online software. He currently works as SMSF Technical Support Team Leader at

He has hands on knowledge on what happens in a tax practice on high level of SMSF practical issues. 

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