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Paying death benefits from superannuation funds paper


This paper deals with the taxation consequences of the death of a member of a SMSF. Issues arising with death benefits are demonstrated by way of case studies. In particular the paper reviews:

  • the rules relating to the payment of death benefits
  • the tax consequences of payment including a consideration of Lump Sum Death Benefit ETPs
  • the tax consequences of non excessive and excessive components of death benefit ETPs including RBL considerations
  • the payment of pensions after the death of a member
  • if an SMSF can pay pensions to children and any estate planning opportunities that might exist
  • the tax consequences of a life insurance payout received by a deceased estate
  • binding death benefit nominations.

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Anthony Simmons
Tony leads the Private Wealth team for BDO in South Australia supporting clients to protect and grow their wealth. Tony has substantial experience in providing financial advice to high net worth individuals and small-medium sized business owners. He advises on financial planning matters, ranging from personal risk insurance advice to next generation succession. He is a member of the firm's professional practice and hospitality sector teams, and works closely with the Superannuation team in supporting advice around self-managed superannuation funds. - Current at 05 April 2016
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