on 10-01-2017 10:12 AM
"Can an in-specie partial commutation count towards the annual minimum pension payment?"
** Important Update **
I believe that as from 1st July, 2017 the answer will be NO - so get in quick if you want to use this option.
on 14-01-2017 11:18 AM
My wife and I are now in our Eighties and own a House property jointly with our SMSF. As we are in pension mode and need to take the required pension amount each year, is it posible to transfer the half share of the property to our selves as part of our pension drawings?
on 15-01-2017 10:49 AM
Without knowing the details, all I can say is that an in-specie transfer has to be at market value and that it can only count towards your pension drawings up until 30th June this year.
There maybe stamp duty payable (depending on which state the property is in and/or whether the trustee is a company) - please read all the earlier posts and discuss this matter with an expert before proceeding.
After any such transfer, if the remaining fund assets are minimal, it maybe time to windup the fund - perhaps after transferring the balance to something like a retirement savings account paying an income stream.
Good luck with your remaining retirement.
on 16-01-2017 10:33 AM
Ian, the Doctor is correct in that a partial lump sum commutation can be treated as a pension payment up to 1 July 2017 but the option is no longer available after that date. Very few accoutnants or administrators have used this strategy so your Accountant may initially say no and you will have to push for it (if they say it can't me done then let me know and I can send them a technical paper on how it is done). You will not pay any income or cgt tax on a SMSF pension payment or commuation at your age.
As the Doctor also mentioned there are other considerations as well especially Stamp Duty. Each state has different rules so you need to get specific legal advice. Let us know which State you are in and we can point you to a good SMSF property lawyer in that state.