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What is a transition to retirement pension?


Access some of your super while you’re still working.

What is a TTR pension?

A transition to retirement (TTR) pension allows you to supplement your income by allowing you to access some of your super once you’ve reached your preservation age.

What are the benefits?

  • You cut back your working hours without reducing your income.
  • The taxable component of TTR pension payments attract a 15% tax offset between preservation age and 59 and all payments are tax-free1 at age 60 or over.
  • Investment earnings are generally taxed at a maximum rate of 15%.

How do they work?

  • A TTR pension generally allows you to access your super as pension payments only, that is, you cannot generally access lump sum amounts.
  • For TTR pensions in the pre-retirement phase, the minimum pension payment is 4% up to a maximum 10% of your account balance as at 1 July of each financial year or the value from the date your TTR pension started in that financial year. The minimum payment percentage is pro-rated in the first financial year.

Important things to consider

  • You’ll need to keep a super account open to accept employer contributions (or any other contributions) as these can’t be contributed directly to a pension account.
  • TTR pensions don’t hold any insurance cover. This means you may want to keep any personal insurance you have connected to your super account.
  • TTR pensions will enter retirement phase when certain events occur and the pension balance will be included in your transfer balance cap.

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


What next?

For more information please visit Australian Taxation Office (ATO).



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