What is Transition to Retirement Pension

You no longer need to wait until you are retired to benefit from your superannuation. If you are over 55 a ‘transition to retirement’ strategy can enable you to dramatically increaseEggs in One Basket your super accumulation or to reduce working hours without losing any take home income.

What is a transition to retirement pension?

A transition to retirement pension is a type of superannuation pension that allows you to use preserved superannuation funds to generate an income before you retire. It is available to those who have reached preservation age which is currently 55.
This type of investment can provide you with a range of options as you approach retirement. You might want to:
• cut your hours without taking a pay cut; or
• ‘turbo boost’ your super in the last few years before retirement, without compromising your current lifestyle; or
• arrange your finances so that less money goes to the taxman and more goes into your pocket.

What are the features?

A transition to retirement pension can provide:

• A regular income from your superannuation funds while you are still working – up to a maximum of 10% of your account balance each year (minimum income requirements apply);
• All earnings generated within the pension are not subjectto tax;
• All pension payments are tax-free if you are 60 or over, or if you are between 55 and 60 a 15% tax offset and tax free amounts may be available;
• The option to invest in a range of asset types including shares, property, fixed interest and cash; and • Estate planning options that ensure the balance of your account is paid to your nominated beneficiary or estate in the event of your death.

The self-employed can also take advantage of this opportunity. Instead of salary sacrificing your pay into super, you can make tax deductible contributions to super and start a transition to retirement pension to achieve the same result.

What are the benefits?

A transition to retirement pension allows you to draw down on your existing superannuation and opens up several new pathways to retirement, including:
• Cutting back your work hours whilst maintaining the same income; or
• Continue to work full time but increase the rate at which your super is growing (and potentially reduce your tax bill at the same time); or
• Continue working, draw an income stream and use it to reduce debt, maintain or increase your insurance cover or build your non-super assets.