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Impact of the superannuation reforms on market linked pensions

Transfer balance cap modifications As the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 is now law, it is critical that advisers consider and discuss the implications of the superannuation reforms on market linked pension with relevant fund members before 30 June 2017. While the capped defined benefit income stream modifications apply to lifetime [read more]

Impact of the superannuation reforms on legacy pensions(1)

Impact of the superannuation reforms on legacy pensions

Rebecca James, Special Counsel Transfer balance cap modifications As the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 is now law, it is critical that advisers have an understanding of the impact of the superannuation reforms on legacy pensions. In particular, the specified defined benefit pension modifications apply to lifetime pensions, fixed term (life [read more]

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Impact of the superannuation reforms on child pensions

Rebecca James, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers Transfer balance cap As the key super reforms (primarily contained in the Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Act 2016 (Cth)) is now law, it is an ideal time to consider the impact of the superannuation reforms on succession planning. The focus of this article is the interaction [read more]

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]

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]

Amendments To The Superannuation Guarantee Charge

Amendments To The Superannuation Guarantee Charge

In an attempt to simplify the SG regime, and reduce the penalties associated with the SGC, the Government has introduced the draft Superannuation Guarantee Legislation Amendment (Simplification) Bill 2015, which if passed, will apply from 1 July 2016. This article will consider the key amendments proposed, and give some practical examples of the difficulties of [read more]