Tax-free super

Tax-free means no tax is payable. In terms of superannuation, anyone aged 60 or over can expect tax-free super benefits (unless you’re a public servant). Even when you’re under the age of 60, you may be able to access tax-free benefits.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Tax-free super.

Super update: Catch-up concessional contributions from July 2018

Any Australian considering making super contributions from July 2017 needs to be mindful that the annual concessional (before-tax) contributions cap will be much lower than previous financial years. From 1 July 2017 (subject to legislation), the annual concessional contributions cap will drop to … [Read more...]

Superannuation death benefits and the $1.6 million transfer balance cap

We have received many questions from readers about how the new $1.6 million transfer balance cap will operate when a fund member dies, especially if the fund member has arranged for his or her spouse to receive a superannuation death benefit pension, including a reversionary pension. This article … [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...]

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: What happens if I don’t withdraw the annual minimum pension payment?

Q: I have my own super fund and when it came to the end of the year I was supposed to withdraw $11,000. I only withdrew $6000 and I can catch up this year. Is this a reportable breach to the Tax Office?For the benefit of other SuperGuide readers, I’ll first explain the background to your … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

SUPER ALERT! On 3 May 2016 (in the 2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). This change, confirmed after the Coalition won the July 2016 … [Read more...]

SMSF pension: How do I calculate my minimum pension payment?

Q: I run our SMSF. I wish to retire at 58. I am a little confused about the 4% minimum rule for pensions. Do I have to withdraw 4% of my total accumulation SMSF fund, or do I move some of the assets into a pension fund and then draw 4% a year?A: You ask a very popular question. The minimum … [Read more...]

Remember! Retirement unlocks your super cash

In the hype and hoopla surrounding the rules relating to super – in particular, tax-free super benefits for over-60s, many of the websites in the super space forget to mention the magic words ‘preservation rules’.The rules surrounding when and how you can access your super have not changed for … [Read more...]

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...]

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 for Beginners (25 Q&As)

One of SuperGuide’s more popular initiatives has been the development of a ‘Super for Beginners’ section that answers some of the many questions that we receive from those readers who are new to superannuation and new to super’s terminology.The series currently consists of several lead articles, … [Read more...]