Investing is vital, but there are so many other things you could put your money into. Why property? Many may contend that investing in real estate is neither simple nor quick. It takes time to comprehend the market, get information about the sector and finally buying property with super settlement.
One of the most popular and wisest methods for consumers to invest in residential real estate markets is to purchase property using self-managed super funds. Australians can invest in real estate as part of a broadly diversified allocation plan thanks to the self-managed super fund and property investment regulations. Real estate offers a secure and stable investment category for those looking to avoid higher-risk options as they get closer to retirement age.
One benefit of having SMSF is the opportunity to borrow money from a lender to leverage your super and utilise it to make more significant investment acquisitions, including Australian residential real estate and land.
Any individual donations you provide to your superannuation fund may be eligible for a tax deduction. The payment must come from your post-tax income or your bank account into your super fund. You should submit a Notification of Intent to Claim a Deduction for Personal Contribution Form and get acknowledgement from your fund before claiming a deduction. Your concessional contribution cap (2018–19: $25,000) will be affected by any super personal contributions claimed as a tax deduction.
Re-contribution strategies involve taking money out of super and putting it back in. You may use this method for several reasons, including:
- Planning an estate
- Tax Arrangement
- Use the Transfer Balance Cap, which is now $1.6 million for you and your spouse.
- To maximise benefits from Centrelink
- Make use of the tax offsets for spousal contributions and government co-contributions.
It’s becoming increasingly common to purchase an investment home or an SMSF property directly. Direct real estate investment can generate capital growth and rental income very taxably. If the property is held for more than a year, capital gains are taxed at 10% and rental income at 15%.
In general, you cannot own an SMSF property and reside there, nor can you rent it to a family member, even on a business basis. However, if you operate a business, you can use your SMSF to purchase a commercial property that you can rent to your own company.
From July 1, 2018, individuals were able to start stockpiling the unused parts of their concessional contribution ceilings from prior years (up to five years) in the following financial years if their total superannuation balance was less than $500,000 at the end of a financial year. By using this approach, you can “catch up” on your concessional contribution caps and make contributions that will contribute against them. Unused amounts that are carried forward will expire after five years.
Think about buying property with super small businesses as well. If this is the case, your superannuation assets are not taken into account when figuring out whether you are eligible for the beneficial small business CGT reductions that take effect when you sell your company or retire. Therefore, SMSF property could be pretty valuable if chosen wisely. Making a plan beforehand will increase your chance of getting these breaks.