Retirement

Retirement is a big term that covers retirement planning, taking a pension, working in retirement, how much money is enough and more. The term ‘retirement’ also has a special meaning for when you can access your superannuation benefits.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Retirement.

Take note: Age Pension age increasing to 67 years

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Note: This article below explains the eligibility age for the Age Pension. For information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide articles Preservation age: I’m 58. Can I withdraw my super benefits? and I’m 60. Why can’t I access my super benefits? In late … [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...]

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...]

Tax-free super for over-60s, except for some

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If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay no tax on those super benefits, unless you are a member of certain public sector super funds (see summary table at the end of this article). Due to the number of emails I have received about this topic, I’ll … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: 14 legal reasons to cash your super

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Many Australians are facing hard times, especially with structural change transforming our economy. The harsh reality is that mortgage repayments and everyday living expenses continue even when you suffer redundancy, illness or other forms of misfortune. We receive hundreds of emails from readers … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pension: Can I work full-time and what form do I fill in?

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Q: Your website says: “By starting a TRIP, you don’t have to retire to withdraw your super benefits. You can work part-time or full-time or even casually.” But on the TRIP form I have from my super fund it says I have to be permanently retired or be working part time. Which is correct? I can’t see … [Read more...]

A case study: I’m 53. Is it too late to save for my retirement? (updated figures)

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Note: Betty has made no plans for retirement, but if she starts contributing $100 a week, until she retires, then she can expect her lifestyle to be better than her current lifestyle. If she contributes $50 a week, then she can expect to receive at least 80% of her pre-retirement income. This … [Read more...]