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 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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You can read earlier ClearLaw articles on the 2017 superannuation reforms including the transfer balance cap and how it can be managed.
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