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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.

Superannuation changes: What rules apply for the 2016/2017 year?

Although the newly elected Coalition government has announced significant amendments to Australia’s superannuation rules, many of the big-ticket super policies are not changing, and now, none of the proposed changes will apply for the 2016/2017 year.Apart from the proposed $500,000 lifetime … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Budget update: Superannuation changes likely to become law

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing significant adjustments to proposed new superannuation policies. The change of heart on some super policies was as a direct result of … [Read more...]

CSHC income test: What is untaxed superannuation and taxed super?

Note: This article explains how superannuation pension benefits are counted towards the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. If you are seeking more detailed information on the CSHC, including whether you’re eligible for a CHSC, see SuperGuide articles Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health … [Read more...]

More retirees eligible for Seniors Health Card (CSHC), but harsher income test

Taking effecting from 20 September 2016, the income test thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) have increased again, in line with the federal government’s promise to index the thresholds annually.CSHC income thresholds are now indexed annually in line with CPI (inflation). … [Read more...]

Super alert! Age Pension income test change hits funded defined benefit pensions

Taking effect from 1 January 2016, the federal government announced and legislated changes to the Age Pension income test for those Australians (retired public servants and retired employees of some large companies) who receive funded defined benefit superannuation pensions. Unfunded defined benefit … [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 Coalition government in the 2015 federal budget. Although the ALP opposed the changes, the ALP … [Read more...]

Age Pension income test: Deeming rates and deeming thresholds

Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest increases in the thresholds for the Age Pension income test and Age Pension assets test see SuperGuide article Age Pension: More … [Read more...]

New income test rules mean less Age Pension

Note: This article explains the current Age Pension income test rules. (If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension asset test rules taking effect from January 2017, then see the SuperGuide article Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians to lose entitlements from January … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed?A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 16: Tax-free twice when you retire

Q: I am confused. When I retire and I am over 60 I receive tax-free super benefits. Someone has told me that I also get other tax-free stuff. Can you tell me what that is?In terms of retirement and superannuation, when you reach 60 and start a retirement income stream (super pension) you get two … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 8: What happens to my super benefits when I retire?

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...]