I had no idea where my lost super was or the names of the funds. I just new it was scattered everywhere and I should definitely have more than $3,000 in my super. Australian Super Finder found all 7 of my funds and now my balance is almost $50,000. Thank you so much for getting my super back on track. ? Leonie, Thomastown VIC

Super Facts and Tips

A little bit of SMSF pension under may be OK

They particularly when the underpayment is a result of an honest mistake, or as a result of circumstances beyond one's control.

Before January 2013, the definite answer to this question was: for the budget year wherein the rules for minimum pension payment were not satisfied, the superannuation account carrying the pension cash wouldn't be deemed to be in the pension phase. The concerns of the status change to the super account were that the assets' earnings funding the super account weren't tax-free for that financial year (meaning that 15% tax would bind account's earnings for the year).

The Super Setback

Furthermore, if the member desired to be in the pension phase, then they had to start a new super the next financial year plus a calculation of the taxable and tax-free parts of future retirement benefits paid. Before January of 2013, another super setback was that whichever expenses made from the Superfund from the beginning of the financial year (when pension phase was considered to be absent) would be regarded as lump sums covered by the tax and super laws, without flexibility.

Since January of 2013, and retrospectively taking effect from July 1, 2007, the ATO (Australian Tax Office) decided to display tolerance and apply the "Commissioner's powers of general administration": in certain cases, where a super fund member is unsuccessful to withdraw the amount of minimum annual pension in a budget year, the pension account won't lose its tax-free status and it is considered to continue, instead of to stop.

Important: The tax-free super pension income is formally known as "exempt current pension income (ECPI)."

If you want to learn more about how an SMSF pension can help you, go through our articles at www.australiansuperfinder.com.au

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