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Super Reforms – Recontribution Strategy

The ability of a member to withdraw from their taxable component and recontribute as a non-concessional contribution, thereby converting to tax exempt component, is still available now that the lifetime NCC limit proposal has been abandoned. The timing of the strategy, after this financial year has become more important. Appreciating that any member who could take advantage...

Super Reforms – Small Business CGT

The small business CGT contributions are not affected by the super reforms. Neither is the ability for an unlimited structured settlement (compensation claim) contribution to be made. The issue is the timing. Either of the above have the realistic potential to take the member balance over $1.6m so, though they are not counted against the non-concessional cap,...

Super Reforms – Reversionary Pensions (cont)

Death benefit pensions payable to children (to age 25) have special rules. A child’s transfer balance cap is generally determined by the value of the deceased’s retirement phase assets that they receive. It will depend on: whether the child started to receive the pension before 1 July 2017; if they started to receive them after that time, whether or...

Super Reforms – Reversionary Pensions

John has a reversionary pension worth $1 million at the time of his death on 1 August 2017. The pension reverts to John’s wife, Heather. Heather already has her own pension and a transfer balance account balance of $800,000. Unless Heather acts within 1 year, the combined value of the two pensions will cause her to breach...

Super Reforms – Pension Cap Effect

Previously we considered the new pension terminology. We will now consider the interaction between the terms. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TABLES WILL NOT BE LEGIBLE ON A MOBILE DEVICE. Bill is 65 and has an account based pension balance of $800,000 on 30/6/2017. Detail PB TBA PTBC GTBC Pension Balance @ 1/7/2017 P$800,000 P$800,000 P$1,600,000 P$1,600,000 PNet Increase after Pension @ 30/6/2020 P$840,000 P$800,000 P$1,600,000 P$1,600,000 P$100,000 Cap Indexation 1/7/2020 P$840,000 P$800,000 P$1,650,000 P$1,700,000 PB = Pension balance...

Super Reforms – New Pension Definitions

The new legislation increases the number of new definitions to super. As the interplay can be confusing I have bolded some terms. Retirement Phase A member is in the retirement phase when they start a pension which entitles the pension account to exempt current pension income. Essentially this will include any pension except a transition to retirement pension. Account...

Super Reforms – Pension Changes

From 1 July 2017, there will be a $1.6 million transfer balance cap on the total amount of accumulated superannuation an individual can transfer into the tax–free retirement phase. Subsequent earnings on balances in the retirement phase will not be capped or restricted. This means that a member may have a transfer balance cap of $1.6m...

Super Reforms – TRIS

Effective 1 July 2017 the tax-exempt status of the income from assets supporting a TRIS will cease. TRISs will be taxed as accumulation accounts. They will largely cease to represent a tax arbitrage opportunity and revert to their original intended use – a means of accessing preserved monies before retirement. Also, after this financial year, it...