Published on 08 Nov 12
by NATIONAL DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE
So, the business is sold and it is time for your client to change gear and enjoy the wealth they have accumulated in their superannuation fund. However, it is not all plain sailing in the virtual world of tax-free superannuation and your client will need to consider how their superannuation assets will be dealt with following their death.
This paper covers the issues facing clients in retirement with significant superannuation wealth, including:
- tax-effective distributions to beneficiaries
- dealing with superannuation assets still linked to a family business operation and issues for in specie distributions following death
- the state of play with reversionary pensions and tax issues on ceasing a pension
- dealing with control of the self-managed superannuation fund following the death of the principal member
- the traps for binding death benefit nominations.
Suzanne is a Partner and Practice Leader of DMAW Lawyers. Suzanne has particular expertise in the financial services and superannuation industry having specialised in all aspects of superannuation law since she began practising over 20 years ago. She is the Principal Adviser to most of South Australia’s large superannuation funds. Her practice also involves working with accountants, advisers and high net worth individuals involved in the self-managed superannuation industry – particularly in complex areas.