Some of the most important decisions a business owner will make are about their premises: whether to rent or buy, where to base the business and even the style of the property are important to get right. For those with a self-managed super fund (SMSF), there is one more option to consider: landing business premises and an investment property at the same time.
Figuring out whether buying your commercial premises through your (SMSF) is an option that’s suitable for you is imperative to the success of your investment.
There can be many gains through purchasing commercial property through your (SMSF), including creating a certain level of freedom by smart use of resources.
“It frees up capital for the business owner. They are unlocking super to do more for them,” explains a finance specialist.
Further to this, the property is protected against insolvency. Depending on the type of business, this can be particularly appealing.
“There’s a tremendous level of protection of assets within super, so it ticks the asset protection box for a lot of SMEs that may be subject to litigation due to the nature of what they do,” the specialist says.
Then there are the tax benefits.
“While it is in accumulation phase, income tax is only $0.15 in the dollar. In retirement, as the law stands, its zero,” says the industry employee. This means that the money accumulated in an SMSF through the investment does not get taxed.
On the flip side, there is an absolute element of responsibility on compliance matters. You are the trustee of an SMSF and you need to understand what those responsibilities entail.
You must pay commercial rates for rent through a prearranged lease agreement and, although having a protected asset is great for some businesses, it also means that equity is locked within the fund. You can’t take earnings elsewhere.
Having a SMSF means you can’t give all this work to someone else to do for you, but you can seek advice.
At Brickhill Financial Solutions we work with accountants and financial planners to form an experienced team to assist you with your requirements.
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