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The benefits of using a re-contribution strategy

A re-contribution strategy involves withdrawing your superannuation and re-contributing it back into the fund as a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution.

It is an easy strategy to implement and can provide significant tax savings for a trustee and their family in the future. This is because the strategy converts the taxable portion of the withdrawn super amount into tax-free components, therefore reducing the amount of tax payable when the person’s superannuation is passed onto their beneficiaries when they pass away.

However, this strategy is only available to those who have met a condition of release to access their superannuation and are eligible to make a contribution back into their superannuation.

The strategy is most beneficial for those who are 60 years of age. This is because the strategy involves withdrawing a lump sum and paying any necessary tax on the withdrawal, and those who are aged 60 years or over generally do not have to pay tax on lump sum withdrawals they make from super.

Before implementing the re-contribution strategy, individuals should consider whether the strategy will be worthwhile in the long run. Those who are under the age of 60 wanting to use the strategy will not be able to withdraw their total superannuation balance tax-free. Those who have also triggered the bring-forward rule in the financial year they wish to use the strategy may also be at risk of paying more ‘excess contributions tax’.

As with most superannuation strategies, seeking professional financial advice may be best before implementing the re-contribution strategy.

Posted on 15 November '16 by , under Super.

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The transition to retirement (TTR) strategy allows you to access some of your super while you continue to work.

You are able to use the TTR strategy if you are aged 55 to 60. You can use it to supplement your income if you reduce your work hours or boost your super and save on tax while you keep working full time.

  • Starting a TTR pension: To start your TTR pension, transfer some of your super to an account-based pension. You have to keep some money in your super account so that you can continue to receive your employer's compulsory contributions as well as any voluntary contributions you may be making.
  • Government benefits and TTR: The benefits you or your partner receive might be impacted if you choose to opt for this strategy. How and what exactly will change might become clearer upon discussing this with a Financial Information Service (FIS) officer.
  • Life insurance and TTR: In some cases, the life insurance cover you have with your super may stop or reduce if you start a TTR pension – check this before making any decisions or changes.

TTR can help ease your mind as you transition into retirement but it can be a bit complex. Before you choose whether you want to use TTR to reduce work hours or save on tax, or even if you want to use TTR altogether, you should figure out how this will impact all aspects of your finances.

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