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Tax certainty after death for super funds

Recent government amendments have provided tax certainty for superannuation funds upon the death of members in receipt of a superannuation income stream.

This amendment effectively allows a superannuation fund trustee to dispose of pension assets on a tax-free basis to fund the payment of death benefits.

Also, the meaning of ‘superannuation income stream benefit’ now allows the superannuation fund to continue to be entitled to the earnings tax exemption in the period of the member’s death until their benefits have been paid out by:

-paying them out as a lump sum

-and/or commencing a new income stream

This is subject to the benefits being cashed as soon as possible following the member’s death.

This amendment also allows the tax-free proportion of that superannuation income stream to be used in calculating the tax components of those benefits.

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Superannuation for Women

January 18, 2019

It’s no secret that the median super balance for Australian women at the time of retirement is significantly lower than that of their male counterparts. The Australian Commission & Investments Commission (ASIC) have reported that men retire with about twice the amount as women. The discrepancy is reportedly even higher between Mums and Dads. Between lower wages and a higher likelihood of having an interrupted working life for women, women also tend to live longer and thus require more super to cover more years. Unfortunately, between personal finances, business financial capabilities, and governmental policies, actions to close this gap can be limited.

Where viable, private companies can consider: