23 October 2014
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SSAS as a business tool

 

Lending from your SSAS (known as a loanback) 

A SSAS can be used to loan money to your company or a third party.

Why pay the bank interest when you can use it to help fund your retirement? 

If you need to raise finance for your company, why not bypass the bank and borrow money tax efficently from your pension scheme? 
 

Example:                                                                                     

The value of your SSAS                    £500,000

Maximum Loanback 50%                  £250,000

 
  
£250,000 is lent to your company from cash in your SSAS to fund, for example, purchase of machinery.  The loan term is 5 years (maximum term); capital and interest payable monthly.  With an interest rate of, for example, 6.5% pa the interest payable over 5 years is £30,026. Your SSAS pockets this interest rather than your bank, thus benefitting your retirement rather than increasing the bank's profits.

What would my loanback repayments be?  See our calculator.

 

Rules governing loanbacks from a SSAS

Loans need to be repaid on a capital and interest basis, and need to be secured as a first charge on a non-moveable asset. 
 
Maximum loan is 50% of the scheme value.
 
Loans can be made to the scheme's Sponsoring Employer.
 
Loans must be set up via a loan agreement (we arrange this) and must be on commercial terms. 
 
The rate of interest must be 1% above the prevailing average bank rate, as prescribed by HMRC:
 
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates/interest-ctsa.htm

The loan can be used for whatever purpose you wish.  Please let us know what you require the funds for.  A SSAS is permitted to lend money to a third party. In this case, none of the restrictions listed above apply.

 

Loanbacks and their tax-efficient benefits to your company

If purchases of capital equipment are to be funded by the company, making the purchase via a loanback from the SSAS may be advantageous. Contributing to the SSAS then lending funds back to the company may very well result in a reduction in your tax liability and create a tax-deductable ongoing expenditure (the loanback) to offset against future profits.

Contributions to the SSAS attract corporation tax relief. These monies, once in the SSAS, can be loaned for the purchase of capital equipment.  Repayments by the company of the SSAS loan are tax deductable, making a loanback a highly tax-efficient way of funding purchases within the company.  Remember, we charge only £895 + VAT pa for running your scheme, fully inclusive, with no additional charges! Most providers charge extra for setting up loanbacks; not SSAS Practitioner.com. You may, however,need to pay a solicitor to secure the charge against the loan.

Once we have set up your scheme we can arrange to transfer your existing policies into the scheme. You can straight away lend up to 50% of the scheme's value, including these policies.

 

Borrowing by your SSAS to purchase Commercial Property

A SSAS can borrow 50% of its value to fund the purchase and development of Commercial Property and Land.  These borrowings would usually come from a bank, at a rate as favourable as possible to the SSAS.  Banks usually take the SSAS-owned property as security and demand capital and interest payments, funded by rental income the SSAS receives.

Example:

The value of your SSAS                        £500,000

Maximum Borrowing                             £250,000

 
The maximum amount available to purchase commercial property would therefore be £750,000 (this includes VAT, if applicable, Stamp Duty and Solicitor's fees to be paid by the scheme).
 
If, for example, your company's commercial premises are purchased by your SSAS for £750,000 the property becomes an asset of the scheme, thus providing cash to your company for use elsewhere.
 
Future development of the property as an asset within the SSAS can be funded using SSAS contributions, which themselves attract tax relief.

Any increase in the value of the property is free from Capital Gains Tax, which would not be the case if the property was owned by your company.

Rent must be paid by the company to your SSAS; this is subject to tax relief and if the property is mortgaged can be used to fund the SSAS's mortgage.

Alternatively, why not purchase commercial property elsewhere and hold it as a tax-efficient scheme investment?

What would my SSAS's borrowing repayments be?  See our calculator.

 

Rules governing borrowing by a SSAS

The SSAS can borrow up to 50% of its value.
 
The SSAS can borrow from any individual, company or financial institution whether or not they are a connected party.
 
The SSAS can borrow for any purpose providing the Trustees are confident the borrowing will benefit the scheme. The usual reason would be to purchase commercial property.
 
Any borrowing from a connected party must be on commercial terms.

Remember, we charge only £895 + VAT pa for running your scheme, fully-inclusive with no additional charges!  Most providers charge extra for setting up borrowing; not SSAS Practitioner.com!

 

Contributions to your SSAS attract Corporation Tax Relief on your
company's profits

Your company can contribute to the SSAS. Tax relief will be granted provided the contributions are ‘wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the business’ and providing the contributions do not exceed the annual allowance.

Personal contributions can also be made, and these attract tax relief at your highest rate of income tax up to the annual allowance. 

 

Protect your assets from creditors

In the event of business failure, assets within your SSAS are in trust and therefore cannot be touched.

The SSAS falls outside of your estate.

Selling assets held by you or your business to your SSAS is perfectly acceptable to HMRC, and SSAS Practitioner can oversee this for you.

 

Most providers charge extra for setting up a loanback or borrowing, not SSAS Practitioner.com.

 

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