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.

Retirement: 3 ways of taking super benefits before the age of 60

When you retire early, you’re going to have to make a few decisions. The tax implications of your retiring before the age of 60 can depend on whether you take your super as a lump sum and/or pension.Are you taking your super as a lump sum, a super pension (also known as a super income stream) or … [Read more...]

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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...]

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

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 large number of emails I receive on this topic, I’ll … [Read more...]

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

With so many recent changes affecting the Age Pension (such as deeming income from new super pensions, or for new Age Pensioners, since January 2015, and a stricter assets test from January 2017), another significant change has gone largely unnoticed except by the thousands of retired public … [Read more...]

Do I pay tax on a super account in the last year of accumulation phase?

Q: On 1 May 2016 I am transferring from accumulation phase to pension phase (I turn 65 on 30 April 2016). Is my super fund subject to tax (for 2015/2016 year) on income earned up until the date of conversion, or is no tax payable because the fund has been converted to pension phase?Earnings are … [Read more...]

I’m 58 and I have $230,000 in super. Will my super be taxed?

Q: I’ve just turned 58, and I’m thinking of retiring before I turn 60. I would like to know whether I would have to pay tax on my superannuation. I know that after I turn 60, it’s tax-free, so my inquiry is regarding the period until I turn 60. My super money consists of compulsory employer … [Read more...]

If I retire at 59, will I pay tax on my superannuation benefits?

Q: I retired in October 2015. I now live on a tiny super pension of about $710 a fortnight. In October 2015, I also received a $15,000 superannuation lump sum. The tax free component of my total superannuation is 66% and the taxable component is 34%. I turn 60 in February 2016. Do I have to pay any … [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...]