Information released in the ATO’s Practical Compliance Guideline 2017/6 has clarified much confusion surrounding superannuation reforms and the commutation of a death benefit income stream made before 1 July 2017.
When an individual dies, their superannuation and remaining superannuation interests are to be cashed to their beneficiaries or legal representative by their superannuation provider. This payment is called a superannuation death benefit and can be cashed as:
With the introduction of the transfer balance cap, much confusion has arisen over the correct course of action.
The ATO has stated that the Commissioner will not apply compliance resources to review whether an SMSF has complied with compulsory cashing requirements relating to a death benefit provided that:
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