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Super transfer balance cap — Law Companion Guideline LCG 2016/9 released

On 10 March 2017, the ATO released the final version of Law Companion Guideline LCG 2016/9 dealing with the new superannuation transfer balance cap. It was released in draft form in November 2016 as Draft LCG 2016/D9.

Terry Hayes, Thomson Reuters

The Guideline provides guidance on how the transfer balance cap (set at $1.6 million for the 2017-18 financial year) operates for account-based superannuation income stream products. It provides specific guidance on the following new concepts:

  • the general transfer balance cap, transfer balance account, transfer balance and personal transfer balance cap (transfer balance cap);
  • the consequences of a transfer balance exceeding a person's transfer balance cap, resulting in an "excess transfer balance" including:
    • the excess transfer balance tax and how this is calculated;
    • when the Commissioner will issue an excess transfer balance determination; and
    • the effect of transfers and/or commutations on the transfer balance.

The Guideline notes that transition to retirement income streams (TRIS) are not included in a transfer balance account as they are not in the retirement phase. From 1 July 2017, superannuation income stream providers will be taxed on earnings made from assets supporting a TRIS. Also, the age pension (or other types of government assistance payments) and a pension received from a foreign superannuation fund are not included in a transfer balance account because these pensions are not superannuation income streams.

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