SMSF Q and As

If you’re considering setting up a self-managed super fund (SMSF), or you already run your own SMSF, then this section provides easy-to-understand answers to the most popular questions we receive on SMSFs (also known as DIY super funds).

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF Q and As.

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Liberal government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP).If the Liberal government is successful at the July 2016 Federal Election, then … [Read more...]

SMSF compliance: Is a corporate trustee required to pay lump sums?

Q: I’ve seen conflicting advice that if you wish to make a lump sum payment from an account-based pension by way of an in-specie transfer of assets, or, just a lump sum cash withdrawal, you can’t do it if you have individual trustees. You must have a corporate trustee. Can you please comment?I … [Read more...]

SMSF borrowing: Investing in property (what’s OK and NOT OK)

If you run a self-managed superannuation fund, you can invest in all types of real property, including residential property, commercial property, industrial property and even a farm (under certain circumstances).Before September 2007, the capacity to use borrowed money to purchase an SMSF asset, … [Read more...]

Revisited: Is property a good investment for your SMSF?

In the past few months, we have received a higher-than-normal number of emails seeking information about investing in property via an SMSF. In response to this upturn in interest, I have revisited the question, is property a good investment for your SMSF?Previously, I have written that I have … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Where can I find information about SMSF borrowing?

Q: I’ve just finished reading DIY Super For Dummies and found it really helpful. What interested me was the borrowing options for SMSFs. We already own a property in our fund and we are looking at using borrowings for financing our next fund purchase. In your book you mention a joint venture to … [Read more...]

SMSFs and joint property purchases need expert advice

Q: A SMSF purchases a property in joint names – between the two trustees as joint tenants and the SMSF (tenants in common). The conveyancing document says the title statements show the ownership as 60% SMSF and the Trustees 40 % . However the trustees have used 79% of the SMSF funds to purchase the … [Read more...]

Property and super: What’s the deal? (15 popular Q & As)

We receive many questions from readers about investing in property using super money. Questions range from: ‘Can I withdraw my super to buy a house to live in?’, right through to ‘How can I use my super fund to borrow money to invest in property?’.For the convenience of our 2 million readers, I … [Read more...]

SMSF investment: Can my DIY super fund invest in direct property?

Q: I am interested in setting up a self-managed fund. I would like to know more about the rules for purchasing property in a super fund, and whether it is possible to use borrowings to do so.A: A self-managed (DIY) super fund can invest in all types of property, including residential, … [Read more...]

SMSF basics: Can my DIY super fund buy my residential investment property?

Q: I own a residential unit as an investment property as a personal investment. I would like to keep this unit as long as possible. The unit is a safe income stream and a safe haven against market uncertainty. However, if I have to sell it later, I won’t be able to put the money into my SMSF because … [Read more...]