While the marginal tax rate can get as high as 46.5% for an individual, the rental income for properties purchased through your SMSF is generally taxed at a concessional rate of 15%. It gets even better when you talk about the CGT rebate. You may have to pay 10% in the accumulation phase and nothing in the pension phase. In comparison, rates run close to 23.25% for properties outside Super.
So, are SMSF-financed properties a great idea? I wouldn’t place my neck on the line and say so. They can certainly turn out to be smart investments but unless you show diligence, they can turn sour just as easily.
Here are 12 key aspects to using your SMSF for property investing that you will do well to consider before taking the plunge. Some of these may surprise you and may just save you a fortune.