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When you retire, there are lots of decisions to make about whether to take a lump sum or start an account-based pension. You also need to decide how you would like the remaining balance of your super account to be distributed when you die.
If you have a valid will in place when you die, most of us assume it’s simply a matter of our executors taking care of all the paperwork and paying out our remaining assets to our beneficiaries in the proportions listed in the will.
When it comes to your super benefits, tax is always at the heart of it, whether it’s when you make a contribution, or when you take your money out at the other end.
If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefit payments 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.
When it comes to the super system, reaching age 60 triggers an important change. It means you can withdraw you super benefits and most people pay no tax on their savings.
As you reach retirement, you will be considering what you want to do with your superannuation in your self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF). Basically, your fund can pay benefits in the form of a lump sum, an income stream, or a combination of both.
A recent CEPAR report states that the lack of focus on decumulation means that many retirees have faced difficult financial choices in retirement without sufficient support or an adequate selection of products.
The latest Productivity Commission report, Superannuation for Post-Retirement, highlights two aspects of post-retirement income policy that have recently attracted considerable attention: the age at which people should be able to access their superannuation, and whether lump sum withdrawals should be restricted.