Published on 01 Feb 17
by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE
The new $1.6m transfer balance cap superannuation measures became law late last year. This article highlights the CGT issues that need to be considered by trustees of SMSFs and their advisers affected by the new transfer balance cap measures, which require complying superannuation funds to reduce the assets supporting income streams payable to members in the retirement phase to no more than $1.6m at 30 June 2017.
A number of concessional CGT choices are in place to provide relief, allowing members with a pension balance in excess of $1.6m to transfer to the new tax regime. Significantly, relief does not apply automatically but requires a written choice in the approved form and consideration will need to be given to the specific choices to be made, the assets to be subject to any cost base reset or CGT deferral, and the ongoing management of the fund to achieve the desired outcomes.