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Tax on withdrawals


You may have to pay tax on lump sum withdrawals from super, depending on your age, the amount you withdraw and other factors.

What tax rates are payable on lump sum payments to fund members?

The table below summarises the maximum tax rates payable on lump sum withdrawals from a taxed superannuation fund in 2020/21. Different tax rates apply if the payment is made in the event of death – see further down on this page. Check your latest statement or contact your super fund to confirm the tax components of your super account.

Taxation of lump sum member benefits

Tax component

Age Maximum tax rate





(taxed element)


Under preservation age


Preservation age to 59

Up to $215,000 – 0%

Above $215,000 – 15%1

  Age 60+ Tax-free


(untaxed element)

Under preservation age


Up to $1,565,000 – 30%1

Above $1,565,000 – 45%1

Preservation age to 59

Up to $215,000 – 15%1

Between $215,000 and $1,565,000 – 30%1

Above $1,565,000 – 45%1

Aged 60+ 

Up to $1,565,000 – 15%1

Above $1,565,000 – 45%1

1. Plus Medicare levy.

What tax rates are payable on lump sum death benefits?

The table below summarises the maximum tax rates payable when super is paid as a lump sum in the event of a member’s death.

Taxation of lump sum death benefits

(includes when
paid via the estate)

Tax component Maximum tax rate

Dependant for
tax purposes2

Tax-free and taxable

Non-tax dependant for tax purposes



Taxable (taxed element)

Taxable (untaxed element4) 30%3

2. Includes a spouse, former spouse, child under 18 or 18 and over and dependant, financial dependant person and interdependent person.

3. Plus Medicare levy, unless paid to deceased’s estate.

4. Broadly, an untaxed element arises where the lump sum death benefit includes a life insurance benefit and the fund has claimed a tax deduction for the insurance premiums.


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