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Savings strategy for over 55s

If you are over the age of 55 and are still earning income through employment, then you may be able to make significant tax savings using the transition to retirement scheme.

When you use the transition to retirement strategy, you have two superannuation accounts. One account receives your employer’s contributions and any additional contributions that you make (concessional or non-concessional). The other account is your retirement income account, where you place a portion of your savings and pay yourself a pension.

The advantages to this strategy are that you can enjoy the tax benefits of making contributions to your superannuation while drawing on a tax-free pension from your retirement income account. You can use the transition to retirement strategy to grow your nest egg or to reduce the number of hours that you work without impacting your income.

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

July 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early.

A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released.

The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so.

Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution.

The Tax Office encourages those members who have been involved in an illegal super scheme to contact them immediately. The ATO will review your voluntary disclosure and take your circumstances into account when determining any penalties.