Should you transfer your business premises into your SMSF? – November 2012
There can be some solid reasons to consider having the ownership of your business premises in the name of your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). To start with, if your business is travelling along steadily, it will provide a steady source of rental income for the SMSF and capital growth. It may also provide a level of stability for you as a business owner by not having a third-party landlord. There are additional advantages that, depending on a business owner’s circumstances, may make transferring commercial property into an SMSF a tempting option.
One of the primary reasons for making such a change is tax. As the asset, which is the business premises, will be held by a superannuation fund, tax on income and capital gains will generally be less than the business would have been liable for. For an SMSF, earnings (which includes rental income) are taxed at 15%. For the business, rent or lease expenses are deductible for the business taxpayer, which pays tax at a rate of 30% (if a corporate). The end result is that the people behind these two entities — the SMSF and the business finish up overall saving 15 cents in the dollar of tax paid.