Super & tax

Find out how your superannuation is taxed including what happens if you retire before the age of 60, the tax-free benefits on or after the age of 60, how the earnings on your super savings are taxed, how your super contributions are taxed, and the tax implications of leaving your super benefits to family or friends when you die.

You can also learn some of the popular tax-effective super strategies, including how the super tax rules affect SMSFs.


Below are some of our key Super and tax articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super & tax.

SMSF pension: After making super contributions, when can I convert to another pension?

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Q: I am 67 and work part time, so I qualify to make concessional contributions to our SMSF. I am already receiving an account based pension from my SMSF. The new contributions I make will have to go into an accumulation account. How long do I have to wait before our SMSF can pay another account … [Read more...]

SMSF pensions: Stick with original tax-free and taxable components

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Q: I recently read your book on DIY Super for Dummies and picked up a number of useful hints. Thanks for writing it. My wife and I have only recently established a SMSF and are on a steep learning curve. We are in the pension phase. Both of us have a large tax-free component and a smaller taxable … [Read more...]

Retirement and tax: What are the minimum pension payment rules?

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Q: I am 63. I want to retire next year but I am not sure if I want to access my super benefits yet. I have heard that when I retire, I must withdraw some super benefits each year, otherwise I won’t receive tax-free super benefits. Can you please clarify the rules for me? A: You question is really … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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Q: I have a superannuation fund accumulating (although I am no longer making super contributions). I am 52 and I intend retiring at age 60. When I do retire can I withdraw the entire super fund as a lump sum and deposit it in to my bank account? What would the tax implications be for taking the … [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...]

Super for beginners, part 15: Super tax – as easy as 1-2-3

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Superannuation only exists because of how super savings are taxed. Superannuation savings receive tax incentives to encourage Australians to choose super as a retirement savings option. Even so, superannuation is still taxed (for most Australians) at a lower rate of tax than non-superannuation … [Read more...]

Turning 60 means tax-free super

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Q: I turned 60 this year and I have been sick since late last year. I can’t get back to work and need to retire. I am wondering if you can tell me what kind of tax I have to pay if I take my super payment. I haven’t been to work since the start of December 2013. I didn’t tell them I was retired … [Read more...]