Taking a super pension

When you retire and/or reach a certain age, you can access your super benefits as a lump sum or as a superannuation pension.

A superannuation pension is also known as an income stream.

You can purchase a pension from your existing superannuation fund or a related financial organisation, or from another super fund or organisation, or start a pension within a self-managed super fund (SMSF).

You may also be eligible to start a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP) before you retire, provided you have reached your preservation age.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Taking a super pension.

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances, if win election

Note: The proposed policy will apply to both existing and new pension accounts from 1 July 2017, which means the policy will apply retrospectively. Based on federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s comments after announcing the 2016 Federal Budget, he claims this policy is not retrospective, that is, it … [Read more...]

ALP to tax pension earnings above $75,000 a year, if wins election

Note: Based on the ALP’s own election documents, this policy will be applied retrospectively, and will apply to all super pension earnings above $75,000 a year, from 1 July 2017. The ALP claims this measure is not retrospective, that is, it only applies to superannuation pensions started from 1 July … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The May 2016 Federal Budget was released on 3 May 2016, rather than its usual date of 10 May 2016. Linked to the Budget night change, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has now confirmed the federal election is to be held on 2 July 2016.The ALP made a preliminary response to the Coalition’s … [Read more...]

Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians lose entitlements from January 2017

Note: Changes to the Age Pension assets test are now law, and will take effect from 1 January 2017. The successful passage through parliament was due to the Greens supporting the changes announced by the Liberal/NP government in the 2015 federal budget. The ALP opposed the changes. Continue reading … [Read more...]

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...]

Super pensions: Is there an upper limit to how much we can withdraw?

Q: I am aware that the minimum amount of super pension withdrawal is 4% (for under 65s) of the pension account balance. Is there now any MAXIMUM amount of pension required to be drawn from a super fund? If no maximum payment is required, is this still the case for account based pensions, transition … [Read more...]