Superannuation Q and As

Trish Power (author of Superannuation for Dummies and DIY Super for Dummies) answers readers’ questions on super.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Q and As.

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

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: Your question is … [Read more...]

SMSF pension payments: A little bit under may be OK

SuperGuide often receives questions from readers asking what happens if they don’t withdraw the minimum pension amount required to be paid each year from their pension account, especially when the underpayment is due to an honest mistake, or due to circumstances beyond their control.Before … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Liberal government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP).If the Liberal government is successful at the July 2016 Federal Election, then … [Read more...]

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017, assuming of course that the Coalition wins the July 2016 Federal Election.From 1 July 2017, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s … [Read more...]

Repay debts with super: then claim Age Pension

Q: I have read about the changes to the Age Pension assets test taking effect from January 2017. My question is, can I pay my superannuation into my mortgage, live off my private savings and then receive the Age Pension when I turn 65? My age pension age is 65, because I was born in June 1952.A: … [Read more...]

What are the super and retirement rules for over-65s?

Q: My wife (age 63) and myself (age 65) were told by a financial organisation that at 65 or over I could put money into super, pay 15% tax on the way in, and then draw it out when I wished and pay no tax. In fact I have been told to pay myself $30,000 or less and source the rest of my income through … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: SG and public servants

Q: I’m a member of a public sector fund, which is a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit scheme. While I pay 5% of salary towards a ‘Member Benefit’, the super fund doesn’t have a 9.5% employer contribution, as my ‘Employer Benefit’ is based on years of service and Final Average Salary. I’m … [Read more...]