Transition to retirement update

Transition to retirement update

A transition to retirement allows older workers who are moving towards retirement to continue working, while at the same time, draw down on some of their superannuation benefits. Since its introduction in 2005 by the Australian Government, the policy has been used by many Australians as a strategy to save tax and boost super before retirement.

Under the tax office’s new transition to retirement rules, those who have reached their preservation age are now able to reduce their working hours without having to reduce their income.

Individuals can do this by topping up their part-time income with a regular ‘income stream’ from their super savings. Under previous rules, taxpayers could only access their super once they turned 65 or retired.

Under the new regulations, individuals can only access their superannuation benefits as a ‘non-commutable’ income stream. A non-commutable income stream cannot be converted into a lump sum. This means that individuals cannot take their benefits as a lump sum cash payment while they are still working. Instead, they must take their superannuation benefits as regular payments.

Employers are still required to make compulsory super guarantee contributions for all eligible employees, which includes people on a transition to retirement.

Those considering the tax aspects of retirement or a transition to retirement should seek financial advice to find out what is best for their individual circumstances.


If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.

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