SMSF pensions

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining SMSF pensions.

Guest contributor: Taxing pension earnings, and benefits, will deliver minimal tax revenue

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Note: the Financial System Inquiry final report suggests that super pension fund earnings should be taxed, rather than continue to receive tax-exempt status. Why? So it will reduce costs for super funds, but it most certainly will increase costs for fund members, and significantly reduce retirement … [Read more...]

A key reason Australians leave large funds and choose SMSFs

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Not so long ago, many in the super industry predicted that Australia's love affair with SMSFs would fade, and some commentators announced that the number of SMSFs operating had peaked due to our small population. If I recall, that prediction was made when around 400,000 SMSFs were in existence. … [Read more...]

SMSFs: What is the proportioning rule?

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Q: I have come across a statement which refers to a proportioning rule. Could you please explain to me exactly what the proportioning rule is, who it applies to and when it applies, and how you do the calculations for a SMSF? The short answer is: the proportioning rule is a mechanism to calculate … [Read more...]

How can a SMSF live forever?

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Q: It has been suggested, that a family self-managed super fund (SMSF) can become a multi-generational tax haven, which can go on into perpetuity, provided that you establish a special corporate trustee, as well as an SMSF Will. I thought that the super money could not remain in the fund … [Read more...]

New penalties for SMSF trustees from July 2014

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From July 2014, SMSF trustees can be subject to a suite of penalties, if they fail to properly adhere to the super rules. The explanatory memorandum that accompanies the new legislation, states that the new SMSF penalties, taking effect from 1 July 2014 will enable the ATO to “give directions and … [Read more...]

2014 Federal Budget: Superannuation and retirement summary (updated)

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Note: This article is updated regularly as more details are disclosed about announced policies. Article links take you through to further detail on my most items listed in this article. Latest update was 28 May 2014. On 13 May 2014, Treasurer Joe Hockey released his first federal budget. For many … [Read more...]

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...]