Retirement planning

Retirement planning covers how much superannuation is enough, planning for retirement, starting an income stream, claiming the Age Pension, making contributions while receiving a pension from a super fund, estate planning and looking after your family.

Below are some of our key Retirement Planning articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Retirement planning.

Four reasons to buy insurance via your super fund

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Choosing the right level of insurance cover within your super fund is one of the three big decisions you make when joining a fund, along with choosing your investment options and deciding how much you want to contribute to your fund. (I explain the insurance options available within your super fund … [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...]

I’m retired. Can I make super contributions?

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Q: If I have retired from work and later on inherit a reasonable sum of cash, can I make a non-concessional contribution into my superannuation fund? OR is that only permitted while I am working, regardless of my age? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the meaning of a … [Read more...]

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2014/2015 retirement planning

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Note: This article is current for the 2014/2015 financial year. Near the start of each financial year, SuperGuide publishes an updated super checklist for beginner readers. More advanced checklists will follow in coming months. Use this list as a kick-start for your 2014/2015 super resolutions. … [Read more...]

Super for beginners: 8 steps to super success

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Merely thinking about your super means you’re straddling the first major hurdle that most Australians face when planning (or not) for their retirement and looking into your future. As an employee, you have your employer helping you with your retirement plans by making compulsory super … [Read more...]

Super in 3 steps: You’re probably richer than you think

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If you have more than one super account you’re probably paying more in fees than you need to, and possible having insurance premiums deducted from each of your super accounts. Paying at least double (and triple if you have 2 super accounts) in fees and insurance is not a great retirement planning … [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...]

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...]

How can a SMSF live forever?

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Q: It has been suggested, that a family self-managed super fund (SMSF) can become a multi-generational tax haven, which can go on into perpetuity, provided that you establish a special corporate trustee, as well as an SMSF Will. I thought that the super money could not remain in the fund … [Read more...]