A Group Sipp can be used to hold a wide range of investments from shares, gilts, unit trusts, investment trusts, insurance company funds and commercial property (but not private property). A SIPP can be used for income drawdown.
This is particularly useful for owners of small businesses, who can buy premises through their pension funds. There are attractive tax advantages in using the fund to buy commercial property. The rental income is received tax-free by the fund and when the property is sold, which must be before the pension is drawn. There is no capital gains tax.
Someone with their own business might decide to use the property assets – such as offices, factories, agricultural land and warehouses – as part of a retirement nest egg. In this case, they would pay rent directly into their own pension fund rather than to a third party – usually an insurance company.