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Transferring existing super to an SMSF

Individuals who plan to transfer their existing super from an industry fund into an SMSF needn’t worry about going over their superannuation contribution limit.

Transferring these funds, also known as ‘rolling over’, is not considered to be a super contribution since the money is already somewhere in Australia’s superannuation system. It also does not count towards an individual’s non-concessional (after-tax) contribution of $180,000 a year (or $540,000 if using the three-year averaging provision).

Individuals can have multiple super accounts including an SMSF. However, when they transfer money from their industry fund, it is important to ensure that doing so will not forgo benefits such as cheap life and TPD (total and permanent disability) insurance.

A popular strategy to avoid having to sacrifice these benefits is to leave a minimum $5000 balance in the industry fund to keep the life and TPD policy. Industry funds will often require individuals to pay their guarantee monies into that account, however, they can transfer that out at a time that is most convenient.

Posted on 18 November '15 by , under Super.

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Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds' policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

  • Exit fees
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Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
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