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Check your market linked pension strategy!

By: Philippa Briglia, Lawyer and Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The mid-2017 superannuation reforms have had a profound impact on market linked pensions (‘MLPs’). While most of the planning should have already been implemented, there is still some opportunity to review and potentially restructure clients with MLPs. We briefly examine below the treatment of an MLP [read more]

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The latest on TRISs: are you in retirement phase?

By William Fettes, Senior Associate, Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The rules that govern when exempt income arises in relation to the earnings on assets supporting transition to retirement income streams (‘TRISs’) were substantially changed with effect from 1 July 2017. Advisers and SMSF trustees should be aware that there are now two types of [read more]

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Payments above ABP minimum — Reasons to prospectively document a strategy ASAP

 Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and  Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers  Payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual payment have the potential to become a trap. The June 2017 SMSF Benchmark Report by Class Super states that ‘the average SMSF pensioner withdraws about $74,000 annually on their pension over a series of 12 transactions and [read more]

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Reversionary transition to retirement income streams

William Fettes, Senior Associate, Daniel Butler, Director, DBA Lawyers The new rules that govern when a transition to retirement income stream (‘TRIS’) enters retirement phase give rise to a number of complex issues in the context of reversionary nominations and death. This article examines the retirement phase rules and reversionary TRISs in detail, based on [read more]

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New APRA guidance confirms retirement for members who reach 60 and cease one of two jobs

By Gary Chau, Lawyer, and David Oon, Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers Introduction The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (‘APRA’) has just updated its Superannuation Prudential Practice Guide SPG 280 — Payment Standards (‘SPG’) in June 2017. Of interest in the SPG are APRA’s comments on the retirement definition in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) (‘SISR’), [read more]

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The new age TRIS –– tips and traps

Daniel Butler, Director and David Oon, Senior Associate, DBA Lawyers The transition to retirement income stream (‘TRIS’) entered a new era on 1 July 2017 where most members will want their TRIS to enter retirement phase as soon as possible to gain access to an earnings tax exemption. A new law has provided a roadmap [read more]

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Managing flexi pensions post 1 July 2017

Overview This article considers the impact of the transfers balance cap provisions on flexi pensions, being pensions that comply with reg 1.06(6) of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 (Cth) (‘SISR’). Importantly, flexi pensions do not fall within the definition of a capped defined benefit income stream for the purposes of the transfer balance cap provisions. [read more]

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Important trap: Payments above ABP minimum

By Joseph Cheung, Lawyer and Bryce Figot, Special Counsel, DBA Lawyers The new transfer balance cap causes a trap for SMSF pensioners who receive payments above the account-based pension (‘ABP’) minimum annual payment. For these pensioners, the capital supporting the pension(s) is reduced by the amount of the pension payments(s), including the amounts above the [read more]

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Is there any benefit in commuting a market linked pension from 1 July 2017?

Market linked pensions and transfer balance cap provisions Where a market linked pension (‘MLP’) is being paid just before 1 July 2017, the MLP will fall within the definition of a capped defined benefit income stream for the purposes of the transfer balance cap provisions. Importantly, the total balance of an MLP commenced just before [read more]