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SuperStream changes for SMSF

Self managed super fund (SMSF) trustees should be aware of the changes to the way they receive super contributions.

From 3 November 2014, employers will begin using the new Data and Payment Standard, also known as SuperStream, to make superannuation contributions to their employees.  This means that SMSF trustees will be required to receive contributions electronically from their employers.

Employers will have a year to make this change so SMSF trustees should check with their employers about their start date.

To assist their employers, SMSF trustees will need to obtain an electronic service address for the delivery of contribution messages.  SMSF will also need to provide their employer with their ABN, bank account details and electronic service address to their employer.

The changes will result in a more timely and reliable flow of contributions and make it easier for employers. Funds do not need to upgrade their reporting software to comply with the changes.

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Tax on super death benefits for dependants vs non-dependants

July 9, 2020

A super death benefit is the super paid after a person’s death, usually to a nominated beneficiary. These benefits are subject to different tax treatments, depending on whether the beneficiaries are dependant or non-dependant.

Superannuation death benefits will generally be received tax-free by tax dependants, who are considered to be:

Dependants will not have to pay tax on the tax-free component of their super in the event that they:

However, they will be taxed at their marginal rate if they receive a capped benefit income stream and:

Not all super death benefits are subject to tax; for non-dependants, there is a taxable portion. This component is largely made up of after-tax super contributions that the deceased member has made.

Super death benefit payments are subject to tax when:

Non-dependants must calculate how much money in the super account is a:

The amount of tax non-dependants pay will be based on their marginal tax rate, however, this amount may be reduced by tax offsets. For the taxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is your marginal tax rate of 17% (whichever is lower). For the untaxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is 32% or your marginal tax rate (whichever is lower).