For many Australians, their most important retirement investment is superannuation. Compulsory contributions for employees and tax incentives for businesses has made superannuation a ‘go-to’ when planning for a secure retirement.
Many Australian farmers have identified the benefits of placing their most substantial asset; farmland, into a tax effective and protective environment conducive to aiding a secure retirement.
- Superannuation is a tax-effective way to save for retirement, however it is a highly regulated and complex system.
- A self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is an attractive and popular structure used as part of a financial strategy to obtain financial security.
- Owning farmland in a SMSF may be a good way to create more wealth, but the limitations of the structure need to be balanced against the benefits.