A Lump Sum Benefit Withdrawal is simply a payment from an SMSF in a Lump Sum. This is different to an SMSF withdrawal paid out over a period of time, like a Pension or a Transition to Retirement, also known as TTR. A Lump Sum benefit is a one-off payment from the SMSF to a Member who has satisfied a condition of release – for example, age criteria met, retirement, death or Lump Sum payments for a deceased Member.
Pension payments are required to be paid in cash, however Lump Sum payments have the option of being taken out in cash or in-specie. The term “Lump Sum” is defined in thesuperannuation legislation [SIS Reg 6.01(2)] as “including an asset”, which means lump sums can be paid in-specie. This gives you the option of taking out a Lump Sum payment in the form of an asset, such as shares or property. This is helpful because it removes the time-consuming process of liquidating your assets into cash in order to make pension payments.
Generally, you are eligible to access a Lump Sum withdrawal without restrictions once you have turned 65 years old, or once you have reached the preservation age and you are retired.
If you have commenced a Pension from your SMSF, you can still take out Lump Sum withdrawals once you have turned 65 years old, or you are between the ages of 55 and 64 and retired. There is no restriction to the amount that you can take out as a Lump Sum payment from your SMSF.
The tax consequences of taking more than $200,000 (for 2017-18 and indexed each year) as a Lump Sum is discussed below.
To download a Lump Sum Pension Minute template, please click on the link below:
For more detailed information on how tax is applied on benefit payments, please refer to table A on page 4 of the Schedule 33 – PAYG withholding (ATO).
Please also see the ATO website for Schedule 12 – Tax table for superannuation lump sums.
To withdraw from your super as a Lump Sum, you will first need to determine the components of your super balance. Your SMSF balance may consist of preserved, tax-free, taxable and un-taxed components. Depending on what the tax components are, you may want to consider what the best retirement strategy is for you and your SMSF before you withdraw a Lump Sum. After you have the information required to process a Lump Sum withdrawal or Pension payment, you will need to complete the following:
From 1 July 2018, the Tax Office introduced a new reporting regime for Members with Pension accounts, this is referred to as TBAR. If Members take out a Lump Sum withdrawal, it should be reported to the ATO by lodging TBAR. When instructed, we can lodge a TBAR on your behalf.
Please see our TBAR page in the link below for more detail on the reporting events and times frames.