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Benefits of Property Investment through Superannuation Funds (SMSF)

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

A Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) is a private superannuation fund that you manage yourself, rather than relying on a managed fund or retail superannuation fund. SMSFs can offer several benefits, but it's important to note that they also come with responsibilities and risks.

Let's cover the benefits in this article. We will cover the risks in a separate article here.

Benefits of SMSF

Here are some potential benefits of having an SMSF:

  1. Investment Control: One of the main advantages of an SMSF is the ability to have greater control over your investments. You can choose where to invest your fund's assets, which can include a wide range of investment options such as shares, property, cash, and more.

  2. Tailored Investment Strategy: With an SMSF, you have the flexibility to create an investment strategy that aligns with your financial goals and risk tolerance. This level of customization may not be available in other types of superannuation funds.

  3. Cost Efficiency: Depending on the size of your SMSF, it may be more cost-effective than traditional superannuation funds. This is especially true, if you have a substantial amount of funds to manage. On the flip side, if you do not have a large enough amount of funds to manage, the overheads and additional costs can be a significant cost to the SMSF.

  4. Tax Planning: SMSFs can offer tax advantages through effective tax planning strategies. You have control over timing and allocation of contributions and withdrawals, which can have implications for your tax liability. Your tax accountant or SMSF consultant will explain the situation specific to you.

  5. Estate Planning: SMSFs can provide more control over how your superannuation benefits are distributed upon your death, allowing for more tailored estate planning strategies.

  6. Borrowing for Investment: SMSFs can borrow money to invest in certain assets, such as property. This can provide opportunities for leveraging investments that might not be available in other superannuation funds. In the case of getting a loan for an investment property under a SMSF, you may also find some restrictions in borrowing, which we will cover in our article on risks of property investment through SMSF.

  7. Consolidation of Assets: If you have multiple superannuation accounts, consolidating them into an SMSF can simplify the management of your investments and potentially reduce fees.

  8. Family Involvement: An SMSF can have up to four members, which can include family members. This can facilitate intergenerational wealth planning and management.

  9. Direct Ownership of Assets: With an SMSF, you can directly own assets like property and shares, potentially leading to greater transparency and control over your investments.

  10. Flexibility in Payouts: SMSFs offer flexibility in how pension payments are managed, which can be beneficial during retirement.

  11. Asset Protection: This is probably a good consequence of investing properties with a SMSF. By virtue of the strict superannuation fund rules, SMSF can offer better asset protection than most other methods. We will cover this in a later article.

However, it's important to note that SMSFs also come with responsibilities such as compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, administrative tasks, investment decisions, and record-keeping. There are also costs associated with setting up and maintaining an SMSF, including professional advice and administrative expenses.

Before establishing an SMSF, it's crucial to carefully consider your financial goals, level of investment expertise, and willingness to take on the associated responsibilities. Seeking professional financial and legal advice is highly recommended to ensure that an SMSF is the right choice for your individual circumstances. Talk to us about investment through a SMSF. Our consultants will tailor their advice to your specific circumstances.

Not Financial Advice Disclaimer

General Advice Warning: This general information is meant for general educational purposes only. It is not professional financial advice from Concierge Buyers Advocates and does not take into account your personal needs and situation. You should not take this as your personalised and tailored financial advice. Concierge Buyers Advocates not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by use of this article. Always seek appropriate financial advice. We have a panel of advisor partners who will tailor their advice based on your personal situations.



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