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Condition of release

Releasing benefits

Section: 7.1

In order for a fund to pay a member their super benefits the member must reach their 'preservation age' and meets one of the conditions of release, such as retirement. The payment may be an income stream (also known as a super pension or annuity) or a lump sum, depending on the circumstances.

However, despite a condition of release being satisfied, the specific rules of a superannuation fund could restrict access to the superannuation benefit. Any payments made to the member that has not met a condition of release are not treated as super benefits but instead will be taxed as ordinary income at the member's marginal tax rate.

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Last modified: Tuesday, September 15, 2020