Super pension drawdown rates cut, early super release expanded, in response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the Government has announced changes including reducing super pension drawdown rates, expanding early release of superannuation, and cutting age pension deeming rates. Some of these changes require legislation, which Parliament is sitting to consider today. Update: The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 has passed the Parliament, with amendments but… Continue reading Super pension drawdown rates cut, early super release expanded, in response to COVID-19

SMSFs warned to ensure minimum pension paid before 30 June

The SMSF Association has warned SMSFs with pensions to ensure that the minimum pension payments have been met by 30 June. SMSF Association CEO John Maroney said, given all the changes around 30 June, it would be understandable if SMSF members overlooked the compliance obligations for pension payments. “Although it’s imperative SMSF members are across all… Continue reading SMSFs warned to ensure minimum pension paid before 30 June

Almost half of super pensions only drawn down at minimum levels

Almost half of people with superannuation pensions are only drawing down at the minimum levels, according to research by the Actuaries Institute and CSIRO, but a significant portion of people are on track to exhaust their superannuation balances early. 49.97% of people with superannuation pensions in non-industry super funds are only drawing down on their… Continue reading Almost half of super pensions only drawn down at minimum levels

Review leaves super pension drawdowns at current levels

The Government has released the final report of the retirement income streams review, which recommends no changes to the minimum pension drawdowns. A review of retirement income streams was a 2013 election promise, with a discussion paper released in July 2014. The final report comes only days from the likely start of the next election campaign. “This… Continue reading Review leaves super pension drawdowns at current levels

Government to respond to income streams review ‘very shortly’

The Government will soon respond to a review of retirement income streams, including possible changes to minimum drawdown levels. Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Small Business, Kelly O’Dwyer said the Government would respond to the review “very shortly and will have more to announce on that when we do.” In July 2014 the Treasury started… Continue reading Government to respond to income streams review ‘very shortly’

Bring back pension drawdown relief, says Taxpayers Australia

Taxpayers Australia is calling for the reintroduction of pension drawdown relief, as low interest rates are forcing SMSFs to restructure their investments to fund pension payments The organisation said the minimum drawdown requirements on account based pensions are “too high in an environment where deposit interest rates offered by financial institutions are giving SMSF trustees minimal… Continue reading Bring back pension drawdown relief, says Taxpayers Australia

Government abandons changing super pension drawdowns

Update: Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg now says the Government is considering changing the superannuation drawdown rules, without increasing the rates. Despite promising to review the appropriateness of the minimum superannuation pension drawdowns, the government appears to now be abandoning any changes. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said the government… Continue reading Government abandons changing super pension drawdowns