SMSFs & Defined Benefit Pensions - Finalisation at last

Earlier this year, the Government extended the transitional relief for SMSFs to provide defined benefit pensions until... at least ... 31 December 2005.

Firm deadline set 31 December 2005

Well 31 December 2005 has now been set as the final date. So if a member of a SMSF is eligible to be paid a defined benefit pension their entitlement must arise and the payment terms agreed by 31 December 2005. You can see the criteria about who is eligible here:

New "transition to retirement pension"

While the government restricted SMSF pension choices with one hand, it increased them with the other. Now SMSF members can enjoy new "transition to retirement (non-commutable) pensions". These can also be paid by non SMSF superannuation funds.

So SMSF members can now choose to receive an allocated pension or term allocated pension (market-linked pension) as a transition to retirement pension.