What is an allocated pension?
An allocated pension (also called account-based pension and retirement account) is one of the income stream options available to you when you retire.
It is a regular income stream drawn from your superannuation savings, which you can access once you’ve reached preservation age.
Typically, if you are retired there’s no limit to how much you can withdraw from an allocated pension, so in addition to receiving periodic payments, you can choose to withdraw some or all of your money as a lump sum. Periodic payments can be made monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually.
You will however need to withdraw a minimum amount each year from your allocated pension. This figure is calculated based on your age and will be a percentage of your account balance. Here is a breakdown:
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As allocated pensions are based on the amount you’ve saved in super, they don’t guarantee an income for life. The tax effectiveness of an allocated pension will also depend on your individual circumstances. These circumstances include the number of period payments you receive, how much you withdraw each year and the amount of earnings (minus fees) into the account.
In the event you were to die, money which remains in the account will be passed along to your beneficiaries or your estate.
To be eligible for an allocated pension account, you must already have full access to your superannuation, meaning:
- You have retired after reaching preservation age
- Reached the age of 65
- Become permanently disabled
- Ceased employment with your employer at, or after the age of 60
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