As a brief summary, a unit trust is established which meets the conditions of S13.22C and the SMSF and its related party purchase units in it. The property is then purchased by the unit trust with the proceeds it received from the sale of the units. The unit trust receives the rent and pays the expenses in relation to the property and the net income of the trust is distributed to the unit holders according to the number of units held.
Although the unit trust provides some degree of flexibility to the SMSF as well as the related party, there are particular rules and regulations that must be adhered to in order to make this strategy work effectively and remain compliant for SIS purposes.
Generally, an SMSF is not permitted to invest in a unit trust or a company where the related party has a majority shareholding. This is enforced by the in house asset rules. However, the section 13.22C unit trust is an exception to the in house asset rules.
Some of the section 13.22C rules include but are not limited to:
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Trustees of SMSFs that wish to own property with their SMSF have two options available: tenants in common or a section 13.22C unit trust.
In a tenants in common arrangement, the SMSF and related party each pay for their ownership interest from their own funds and they are then each entitled to that share of income or loss from the property. However, a limitation that may arise from this arrangement is that the SMSF cannot purchase the related party’s share of the property if it is a residential rental property. For a section 13.22C unit trust, there is more flexbility in this regard. The SMSF can acquire all of the units in the section 13.22C unit trust if the related party wishes to sell their portion. Units from the related party can be purchased overtime at market rates.
Other advantages of a section 13.22C unit trust include the following:
However, due to the stringent rules around section 13.22C unit trusts, the disadvantages may include:
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