Yes. Farm land can be either sold to an SMSF or transferred as an in-specie contribution.
If using in-specie contributions, care must be taken not to breach the contribution caps (when combined with all other contributions for the year). These are called:
- Age < 65 - non-concessional cap of $100,000 per annum, with ability to bring forward two years of entitlements to make a non-concessional contribution of up to $300,000 at once for a 3 years period.
- Age 65-74 - Non-concessional cap of $100,000 per annum.
- Age 75+ - Nil. Super fund cannot accept personal contributions.
Total Superannuation Balance
- You can only make non-concessional contributions if your total superannuation balance is less than $1.6 million.
Contributions arising from the small business CGT concessions are excluded from bing non-concessional contributions and are limited to the member's CGT cap.
- CGT cap currently $1,515,000 (2019/20 Financial Year).
- Contributions covered by CGT cap are:
- CGT exempt amount (up to $500,000) under the retirement exemption.
- Capital proceeds from the disposal of active assets that qualify for the 15 year exemption (even if asset was pre-CGT).
These contributions can be made even where the total superannuation balance exceeds $1.6 million.
Where the land is acquired from a related party, it is exempt from section 66 of SISA, as it is considered to be business real property, and is therefore allowed.
- Transfer must be at arm's length (i.e. market value) under section 109 of SISR.
- If there is a private dwelling on the property, it must not exceed 2 hectares.
In general, SMSF trustees cannot lend, invest in, or lease to a related party of the fund more than 5% of the fund's total assets. Such an investment is considered to be an "in-house asset".
An exemption to this rule is where real property is leased to a related party and the property is considered to be "business real property" of the fund. Market value lease must be paid by the related party.
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