Review of transfer balance cap debit for market linked or life expectancy pensions remains on hold until November
On 1 September the ATO released their awaited guidance on the transfer balance cap (TBC) assessment of commuted market linked and life expectancy (term) pensions.
In June 2020 law was passed that will apply retrospectively from 1 July 2017 outlining the methodology for calculating the TBC debit of a market linked pension or defined benefit life expectancy pension that was fully or partly commuted on or after 1 July 2017.
The ATO identified funds will need to review transfer balance account debits previously reported to them. This latest guidance again extends this review requirement to November 2020 with the ATO anticipating to again provide additional guidance on the retrospective reporting requirements before the end of November.
The ATO has acknowledged that where an SMSF has been wound up it will not be possible to review prior reporting. It was also confirmed that in the new methodology, the reference to ‘the total amount of superannuation income stream benefits the person was entitled to receive before the start of the financial year the commutation takes place’ is equivalent to the actual pension payments made between 1 July 2017 and the year the commutation occurs.
Further detail on the methodology that will need to be used when reviewing/reporting a TBC debit for one of the relevant capped defined benefit income streams can be found in our technical article here.
Extending the age for bring-forward contributions to 67 not yet legislated
The bill to extend the eligible age for utilising the non-concessional contribution bring-forward rule to age 67 without needing to satisfy the work test or have the contribution treated as an excess non-concessional contribution is still with parliament after first being introduced in May this year. Today is the last sitting day for September and if the bill does not pass today, we may be waiting until at least October for this to become legislated.
Increasing the maximum number of members in an SMSF back on the table
A measure proposed in the 2018-19 Budget to increase the number of members allowed in an SMSF from 4 to 6 was seemingly put aside prior to the election. However, this week we have seen a bill introduced to the Senate that would implement this change.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee with a report due on 4 November.