Accessing super

Find out the 12 ways to legally access your superannuation including what happens if you access your super before the age of 60, or you relocate overseas or you want to withdraw your super to cover your mortgage or other bills.

Accessing super also includes a special section called Accessing super early, which contains articles dealing specifically with accessing your benefits before retirement.


Below are some of our key Accessing super articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Accessing super.

Retirement: 3 ways of taking super benefits before the age of 60

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When you retire early, you’re going to have to make a few decisions. The tax implications of your retiring before the age of 60 can depend on whether you take your super as a lump sum and/or income stream. Are you taking your super as a lump sum, an income stream or a combination of … [Read more...]

Preservation age: I’m 58. Can I withdraw my super benefits?

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Q: Can you please tell me whether I can withdraw my super benefits when I retire at age 58? A: This answer assumes that your super benefits are preserved, and the answer to your question depends on your date of birth. Under normal circumstances, access to superannuation benefits requires certain … [Read more...]

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefits are likely to be subject to tax — but not always. With the right structure, and usually with expert advice, many Australians retiring early can end up paying no tax. If you’re willing to wait until you turn 60 before you retire, you can … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Do we have to pay SG for overseas workers?

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Q: We have a girl working for us who is on an English working visa. She doesn’t have super at home in England but do we have to pay her super while she is working for us? If yes, how do we go about it? Do we put it into a special super fund that she can then transfer over to her English one, when … [Read more...]

SMSFs: What is the proportioning rule?

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Q: I have come across a statement which refers to a proportioning rule. Could you please explain to me exactly what the proportioning rule is, who it applies to and when it applies, and how you do the calculations for a SMSF? The short answer is: the proportioning rule is a mechanism to calculate … [Read more...]

Two-way traffic! Finally, one fund helps move super from NZ to Australia

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An Australian super fund is now accepting transfers from New Zealanders hoping to transfer their KiwiSaver accounts to Australia. Let’s hope that many more super funds follow, but in the meantime, WA Super is the only Australian super fund offering this service, and it is awaiting your KiwiSaver … [Read more...]

Find lost super in 4 steps, and make quick cash

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Did you know that billions of dollars is sitting in lost super accounts waiting for Australians to claim the super cash? If you’re one of the Aussies with one or more lost accounts then you better act quickly. The federal government has changed the super rules, which means that your ‘lost’ super … [Read more...]

Estate planning: Dear Dad, Tax for everything

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If you plan to leave your super to your adult children when you die, your death benefit may be hit with benefits tax, even though you would have received that benefit tax-free (if aged 60 or over) while you were alive. The reason for this inconsistency is that death benefits paid to individuals … [Read more...]

Estate planning: Beware the dastardly death tax

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Although superannuation death benefits are tax-free when paid to individuals considered ‘dependants under the tax laws, a ‘death tax’ continues to apply when super monies are paid to individuals considered ‘non-dependants’ under the tax laws’. Any of your children aged 18 or over, who can’t prove … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls again with lower rates and higher thresholds

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If you own financial investments and receive the Age Pension, or you hope to claim the Age Pension, then you need to be aware of a recent change to the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test, and another relatively recent change to the deeming rates applicable to financial investments. … [Read more...]