The new financial year always brings change, and 2019/20 is one of the more dynamic in recent times. An array of rates and thresholds have moved, but the first week of this July brings more than just incremental changes. A number of rules affecting the clients of financial planners are markedly different in the new financial year. This month there are a dozen of these changes that planners need to know about;

9. Anti-detriment payments no more

Anti-detriment payments on superannuation death benefits were created to ensure contributions tax paid over the life of a super account was refunded on the death of the member. Such payments had already been restricted to death benefits from the super of those who died before July 1, 2017, however even those payments have ceased as of July 1, 2019.

While a financial loss to certain beneficiaries, it does mean that recontribution strategies can now be executed without concerns about reducing potential anti-detriment payments. It also means that Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) that had created reserves to pay anti-detriment payments are going to need to very carefully commence distributing or repurposing those reserves

The information contained in this publication is based on the understanding KeyInvest (ABN 74 087 649 474 AFSL No. 240667) has of the relevant Australian legislation as at the date shown in this publication.

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