Once a member's benefits are transferred from one fund to another, the member cannot split contributions that formed part of the transferred amount. That is, the trustee of the new fund can offer splitting only in respect of future contributions that it receives on behalf of the member.
ClearLaw readers will be aware that the Federal Government has introduced regulations that allow couples to split contributions made after 1 January 2006. This allows a couple to structure their superannuation account balances to reduce the likelihood of incurring additional tax as a result of one person exceeding their reasonable benefit limit in circumstances where their spouse remains well below their RBL. The maximum splittable amount for a member is 85% of their deductible contributions and 100% of the undeducted personal contributions.
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Julian advises clients ranging from public companies servicing the wholesale financial services market to high net worth individuals and their advisers.
Julian has been with Maddocks since undertaking articles in 2001.
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