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Unpacking the pension reforms

The Government has released for public consultation the second round of exposure draft legislation (and explanatory material) to implement key superannuation measures announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget.  This release of information included:

  • The introduction of a $1.6 million transfer balance cap and transitional arrangements for individuals who already have retirement phase balances above $1.6 million;
  • Reforming the taxation of concessional contributions (i.e. lower the Division 293 tax income threshold to $250,000 and reduce the concessional contributions cap to $25,000);
  • Allowing for catch-up concessional contributions for those with balances less than $500,000 (now effective from 1 July 2018);
  • Removal of regulatory barriers to innovation in the creation of retirement income stream products (does not relate to SMSFs);
  • Improving the integrity of transition to retirement income streams; and
  • Removal of the anti-detriment provision.

I conducted a webinar yesterday to help understand the key measures from this second tranche of reforms, focusing predominantly on the implications of the $1.6m transfer balance cap and integrity measures for TRIS.

You can watch this webinar recording below:


With approximately 300 people who joined me online for this webinar, I’ve had a significant number of questions from the session that will be converted into a Q&A podcast and/or Facebook ‘live’ event in the coming days.  If you have a question, please feel free to comment below and I will include this in the podcast and other ‘live’ events.



One thought on “Unpacking the pension reforms

  1. Thanks Arron, a good overview.

    A few points that are unclear to me.

    To clarify the CGT aspects, do you have a view of the following?

    A SMSF, in retirement phase, has $2 of shares on one company, with a current CG of 80%. Under the new proposed rules segregation is no longer allowed so the proportional process will be used.

    On 29/6/2017 $400k is allocated to accumulation phase, and the cost base is reset to current share price. I assume that in order to achieve this from an administration point of view the cost base is reset in both accounts, albeit zero impact on the retirement account.

    The $400k worth in the new accumulation account – do these shares need to be sold within 10 years in order to retain the new cost base.

    B) The case of someone who becomes eligible to commence a retirement phase between now and 30/6/2017, and with a current balance over $1.6m, and holding same shares with an existing CG of 80%. One assumes there is a window to transfer to retirement phase with 100% of assets, and 29/6/17 transfer excess back to accumulation and lock in the CGT free kick.

    C) Lumpy assets. If the person in A above had a $2m single property or another asset where there is not a liquid daily price – would they have to have an independent valuation performed? This may allow some variation as to a properties valuation, if one can find a valuer that is despondent on property prices.

    Thanks again for your most valued information.

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