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.

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...]

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...]

SMSF: If I die young, will my wife pay super tax on the life insurance payout?

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Q: I have a life insurance policy owned by my self-managed super fund (SMSF) of approx $2 million. Currently there is only about $80,000 accumulated in the fund. I am 40 years old. If I die tomorrow is my wife able access an income stream from the fund tax-free? For instance, upon my death if this … [Read more...]

Death benefits: Is a binding DBN different from a reversionary pension?

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Q: What is the difference between a binding death benefit nomination and a reversionary pension? Should a retail fund offer a reversionary pension option? The forms for my fund only mention binding death nominations. The terminology surrounding superannuation death benefits can be confusing and … [Read more...]

SMSFs: More money for Superannuation Complaints Tribunal

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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

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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.┬áThe Government has imposed stricter storage requirements … [Read more...]