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Spotlight on concessional contributions

Spotlight on concessional contributions

The May 2016 budget proposals have generated an incredible amount of commentary, not only from industry participants, but also from the mainstream media outlets. There is no doubting the importance of superannuation and the role it plays for many in ensuring they have an adequate standard of living in retirement. This article considers the impact [read more]

$1.6M balance cap examined — more tax on death benefits

$1.6M balance cap examined — more tax on death benefits

The proposed $1.6 million balance cap will, if introduced, will result in substantial changes from 1 July 2017 and is likely to generate significantly more tax on the payment of death benefits. Summary of the new cap The Liberal Government’s balance cap announcement on 3 May 2016 involves: A maximum $1.6 million (plus earnings thereon) [read more]

Is a lifetime pension a viable option

Is a lifetime pension a viable option?

This article considers some of the issues associated with whether a pension payable to a member can be converted to a ‘lifetime’ pension, such that the pension is automatically reversionary to the member’s spouse on their death, and then any remaining capital reverts, for example, to the deceased member’s children from a previous marriage. Case [read more]

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