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How do I fund semi-retirement?

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You could supplement your income with a transition to retirement pension.

What is a TTR pension?

A transition to retirement (TTR) pension can be started with your super if you have reached your preservation age, but have not yet retired. 

How does it work?

A TTR pension allows you access to some of your super when you’re approaching retirement. This means you can supplement your income with the super you’ve accumulated throughout your working life.

What are the benefits?

  • Receive an income to maintain your living standard when winding back your work.
  • Pay less tax: TTR pension payments attract a 15% tax offset between preservation age and 59 and are tax-free1 at age 60 or over.

Important things to consider

  • You’ll need to draw a minimum income each year, which is 4% of the account balance per annum under age 65. 
  • The maximum income you can draw each year is 10% of the account balance.
  • You can take a cash lump sum (or switch to a retirement phase income stream, such as an account based pension with no maximum income limit) once you permanently retire, reach age 65 or meet another relevant condition of release.

Case study

Mark, aged 60, works full-time, earns a salary of $80,000 p.a. (or $61,383 after tax) and has $400,000 in super. He wants to cut back to a three-day working week.

While Mark’s salary will reduce to $48,000 p.a., he doesn’t want to compromise his living standard. He invests his entire super benefit in a TTR pension and draws an income of $20,680 over the next 12 months.

By using this strategy, he’ll be able to replace his pay cut of $32,000 and continue to receive an after-tax income of $61,383 p.a. He’ll also pay $11,320 less tax. This is because the TTR income payments are tax free because he is 60, whereas his salary is fully taxable at his marginal rates.

In year one Before strategy After strategy
Pre-tax salary $80,000 $48,000
TTR pension income Nil $20,680
Total pre-tax income $80,000 $68,680
Less tax payable ($18,617) ($7,2972)
After-tax income $61,383 $61,383

1. Assume the TTR pension is commenced from a taxed super fund.

2. Tax on $48,000 as TTR pension income is not taxable.

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