Advantages of SMSFs

Advantages of SMSFs


Self-managed super funds are an effective superannuation strategy for those individuals looking to exercise greater autonomy over their retirement.

Examine the following advantages of using a SMSF.

Minimise tax bill: one of the major benefits of using a SMSF is the ability it provides you to minimise your tax bill. Investment income is taxed at a 15 per cent cap during the accumulation phase; during the pension phase, there is no investment property tax.

Transparency: using a self-managed super fund provides greater transparency for you, allowing you freedom over where you chose to invest your money. Because you are responsible for your own super contributions, you are not going to get lost as one could being a member of a large super fund.

Asset protection: SMSFs are a type of trust, meaning that the assets in the SMSF are owned by the trustee. This is particularly useful for business owners for example, as they can transfer ownership of their business across to the SMSF, keeping the business safe from creditors.

Investment pooling: SMSFs allow family members to pool together their money and resources, thus making it possible to invest in areas that would not otherwise be financially viable. Take note when investing using your SMSF as there are regulations to be aware of, such as not being able to inhabit any of your investment properties.

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If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.


Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.


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