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With the recent changes to superannuation legislation, more investors are looking for alternative strategies to accumulate wealth in their superannuation fund. Purchasing your practice premises via your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) can still be a viable and attractive option.
The introduction of Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs) in 2007 made it possible for SMSFs to borrow funds to purchase an investment asset in some circumstances provided certain criteria are met.
A SMSF may only enter into an LRBA to purchase certain assets as outlined in section 67A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision Act) (“the SIS Act”). Borrowings made by a SMSF are authorised provided that:
Examples of assets that may be purchased under a LRBA include: listed securities, commercial property (e.g. medical consulting rooms), and residential property.
A medical practitioner may use an LRBA to purchase a commercial property such as consulting rooms, which can then be rented back to the medical practice at commercial rates under a properly documented lease agreement.
Where the medical practitioner already owns his or her consulting rooms, the SMSF may be used to acquire the asset from the owner – freeing up the owner’s accumulated equity. The small business CGT concessions may be used to minimise any capital gains tax on the transaction.
A LRBA can also be used to acquire other types of investments – such as residential rental properties. However, while business premises can be rented to SMSF members or their associates, residential properties cannot.
Purchasing assets through a SMSF is often used as part of a tax effective wealth accumulation strategy for the following reasons:
An LRBA enables a SMSF to purchase assets which it would otherwise be unable to acquire; particularly where a SMSF has insufficient available funds.
For example, an SMSF with $500,000 of available cash may be able to purchase an asset worth $1,000,000 by borrowing the additional 50% from a financial institution or related party to the SMSF (some lenders may even be prepared to loan up to 80% of the asset value). This may dramatically increase the SMSF’s ability to leverage off its existing asset base to acquire substantial investments.
While the benefits of an LRBA are clear, it is important to consider some of the intricacies around these arrangements:
Professional advice must be sought before entering into an LRBA arrangement. If you are interested in investigating how an LRBA or other superannuation strategies could help you accumulate more wealth please contact your local William Buck Wealth Advisor.
Should you wish to discuss any aspects of the above please contact Rebecca Rossi of William Buck on (03) 9824 8555 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rebecca is an SMSF Specialised Advisor who is licensed to provide financial advice.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are in the nature of general comments only, and are not to be used, relied or acted upon with seeking further professional advice. William Buck accepts no liability for errors or omissions, or for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any person acting without such advice. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.