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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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Transition to retirement

November 25, 2020

The transition to retirement (TTR) strategy allows you to access some of your super while you continue to work.

You are able to use the TTR strategy if you are aged 55 to 60. You can use it to supplement your income if you reduce your work hours or boost your super and save on tax while you keep working full time.

TTR can help ease your mind as you transition into retirement but it can be a bit complex. Before you choose whether you want to use TTR to reduce work hours or save on tax, or even if you want to use TTR altogether, you should figure out how this will impact all aspects of your finances.