A super income stream is when you withdraw your money as small regular payments over a long period of time. If you're aged 60 or over, this income is usually tax-free. If you're under 60, you may pay tax on your super income stream.
Tax on withdrawals of taxable component
Your marginal tax rate or 32%, whichever is lower – unless the sum of the untaxed elements of all super lump sum benefits received under the super plan exceeds the untaxed plan cap. Amounts above the cap will be taxed at the top marginal rate.
Super is a great way to save money for your retirement. It is generally taxed at a lower rate than your regular income. You typically pay 15% tax on your super contributions, and your withdrawals are tax-free if you're 60 or older. The investment earnings on your super are also only taxed at 15%.
In such an instance, there is no restriction on how much of your super you can access. However, you should be mindful of any lump sum withdrawal tax, as explained below. There are some instances, depending on your employment history, where part of your super balance includes unrestricted non-preserved components.
Assume, for example, you will need 65 per cent of your pre-retirement income, so if you earn $50,000 now, you might need $32,500 in retirement.
The Bottom Line. For some, a lump-sum pension payment makes sense. For others, having less to upfront capital is better. In either case, pension payments should be used responsibility with the mindset of having these resources support you throughout your retirement.
As mentioned earlier, super payments are generally tax free once you turn 60. Learn more about accessing your super by reaching age 60 and ceasing employment.
You can access your super, without restrictions, even if you're still working. Rules for accessing your super: You can access your super as long as you've permanently retired. If you end an employment arrangement on or after age 60, you can also access the super you've earned up until then.
While you're under Age Pension age
We don't count you or your partner's superannuation in the income and assets tests, if your fund isn't paying you a superannuation pension. If your fund is paying you a superannuation pension, it is assessable as an income stream.
If you're 60 and over, the income will generally be tax-free. If you're between your preservation age and 59, the components of your super will dictate how it will be taxed.
Yes. You can access your super when you turn 65 regardless of whether you're still working.
The only way to avoid paying super contributions tax is to make a non-concessional contribution instead of a concessional contribution. Sure, you don't get to claim a tax deduction for non-concessional contributions, but you won't need to pay contributions tax either.
You may be able to take your superannuation as a lump sum payment when you retire. This is usually tax-free from age 60.
If your super provider allows it, you may be able to withdraw some or all of your super in a single payment. This payment is called a lump sum. You may be able to withdraw your super in several lump sums. However, if you ask your provider to make regular payments from your super it may be an income stream.
Can I Transfer My Super to My Bank Account? You can only transfer your super to your bank account if you are eligible to access your super. To be eligible to access your super, you generally need to have at least met your superannuation preservation age.
The minimum amount that can be withdrawn is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $10,000. If your super balance is less than $1,000 you can withdraw up to your remaining balance after tax. You can only make one withdrawal in any 12-month period.
The ASFA Retirement Standard Explainer says a comfortable retirement lifestyle would need $640,000 in super for a couple, or $545,000 for a single person.
Even if you have super, you may still qualify for at least a part age pension from the government. Even though Australians have had compulsory super since 1992, many may qualify for — and may need to rely on — an age pension to some degree in retirement.
It suggests a $690,000 super balance for a couple, or a $595,000 balance for a single person, should provide a comfortable retirement, assuming the age pension will also come into play.
You can withdraw your super: when you turn 65 (even if you haven't retired) when you reach preservation age and retire, or. under the transition to retirement rules, while continuing to work.
As a general guide, you can use the 6% Rule when evaluating the two options. It's a straightforward tool to help assess which choice makes more financial sense over time. Here's how the 6% Rule works: If your monthly pension offer is 6% or more of the lump sum, it might make sense to go with the guaranteed pension.
The 50 – 70 rule is a quick estimate of how much you could spend during your retirement. It suggests that you should aim for an annual income that is between 50% and 70% of your working income.
Saving with a savings account
If your lump sum is a smaller amount or you would prefer to save your money towards certain priorities, a simple savings account might be the better option for you. Cash savings are always popular with people who want to put away a lump sum and earn interest over a long period of time.