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What is a transition to retirement pension?

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, opens in new window.

What are the benefits?

  • Cut back your working hours without reducing your income.
  • The taxable component of TTR pension payments attract a 15% tax offset between preservation age, opens in new window and 59 and all payments are tax-freeView disclaimer1 at age 60 or over.
  • Investment earnings are generally taxed at a maximum rate of 15%.

How do they work?

  • A TTR pension must generally be taken as pension payments only.
  • For TTR pensions in the pre-retirement phase, opens in new window, 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.

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.
  • Your TTR pension will become a retirement phase income stream once you permanently retire, reach age 65 or meet another relevant condition of release. It will also be included in your transfer balance cap at that time.

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


What next?

For more information please visit Australian Taxation Office (ATO, opens in new window).


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