Death benefits

On the death of a member, a death benefit is a payment from a super fund in the form of a lump sum payment (a superannuation lump sum death benefit) or income stream (a superannuation income stream death benefit).

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Death benefits.

Same-sex couples: your super rights explained

Yet again, the government of the day has decided that it is not the right time to allow same sex couples to marry, notwithstanding most polls indicate a majority of Australians support this basic human right for same-sex couples. We have elected a Prime Minister who has publicly stated that he feels … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Make your money live forever

“A man’s dying is more the survivors’ affair than his own.” – Thomas Mann“The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.” – John GalsworthyWhile these quotations from Mann and Galsworthy are usually correct, it doesn’t have to be that way. Surely an important part of … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

SMSFs: More money for Superannuation Complaints Tribunal

In the latest preliminary report from the Super System Review (SSR) (see article SMSFs: Nothing exotic or personal says Cooper Review), the SSR recommends that the Superannuation Complains Tribunal (SCT) have a greater role to play in the resolution of complaints over death benefit payments.The … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Nothing exotic or personal says Cooper review

Update: Good news for SMSF art collectors and SMSF trustees investing in other collectibles. On 30 July 2010, the ALP Government announced that it would not be adopting the Cooper recommendation to ban art and other collectibles from SMSFs. The Government has imposed stricter storage requirements … [Read more...]