With the new super laws commencing from 1 July 2017, advisors and trustees of self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) are starting to consider whether they need to update their SMSF trust deed or their pension documents.
The transfer balance cap is the new limit on how much a member can have in their pension account and accordingly is a limit on how much a super fund can have in “pension phase”. Income and capital gains are tax free to the extent they are in pension phase. To the extent that a super fund is in “accumulation phase” its income is taxed at 15% and capital gains, on assets held for more than 12 months, are taxed at 10%.
The headline items to this measure is that the non-concessional contributions cap will be reduced from $180K to $100K, the “bring forward rule” will be reduced from $540K to $300K and that members with account balances over $1.6 million will not be able to make non-concessional contributions. But like most of the new measures there are additional complexities to the new non-concessional cap measures.
The transfer balance cap measure includes a transitional CCT relief via a cost base reset. This relief is designed to ensure that only capital growth post the introduction of all of transfer balance cap (ie from 1 July 2017) is taxed. However, like all of the new measures the relief is complicated and requires careful consideration prior to 1 July 2017.