Super Strategies – convert your super into a tax-effective retirement income

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Starting an account based pension with your super when you retire could enable you to receive a tax-effective income and make your savings last longer.

HOW DOES THIS STRATEGY WORK

When you retire, it can be tempting to take your super as a cash lump sum. However, using your super to start an account based pensioncould be a more tax-effective option.

This is because:

  • no tax will be payable on earnings in the fund2
  • you can receive $52,545pa in tax-free income between your ‘preservation age’4 and 59 in 2019/20, and
  • when you reach age 60, the pension income payments will be completely tax-free5 and you don’t have to include these amounts in your annual tax return.
Maximum taxable income that can be received tax-free (pa) in 2018/19
Age                From investments held outside super From account based pension (taxed fund)
Preservation age4 to 59 $21,5956 $52,5453
60 to Age pension age7 $21,5966 Unlimited tax-free5 income
payments. Also, you don’t
have to include the income
payments in your annual
tax return
Age pension ageand over $32,9158 (for singles) and
$29,6118 (per member of
a couple)
As above

Your Westlawn Financial Adviser can help you assess all the issues that need to be considered and determine whether an account based pension suits your needs and circumstances.

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¹ There is a limit on the total amount that can be transferred to retirement phase in a person’s lifetime. This limit is $1.6 million in 2019/20 (subject to indexation).
² Assumes you are in retirement phase.
³ Takes into account low income tax offset, low and middle income tax offset and 15% pension tax offset as at 1 July 2019, and assumes no other income is received.
⁴ Preservation age is 55 for those born before 1 July 1960 and gradually increases to 60 depending on date of birth.
⁵ Assumes the pension is commenced from a taxed super fund.
⁶ Takes into account low income tax offset and low and middle income tax offset as at 1 July 2019.
⁷ Age where you become eligible for age pension.
⁸ Takes into account low income tax offset, low and middle income tax offset and seniors and pensioners tax offset as at 1 July 2019.

Source: MLC (National Australia Bank Limited ABN 12 004 044 937, AFSL 230686)

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