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Transition to retirement

How a member can benefit from TRIS

Section: 13.4

There are three main was a member can benefit from a TRIS:

  • The income payments from a TRIS can be used to replace a member's forgone salary - a member can wind down their career by moving to part-time employment a TRIS could enable them to top-up their income. So, there net income remains the same, even though they are working less.
  • A member can use the income to make additional repayments to debt prior to retiring.
  • A member can top-up their superannuation without forfeiting their net income.
Example - TRIS and salary sacrifice

Ben, age 55, is an Architect who earns salary package of $110,000 pa. including super. He has no immediate plans of reducing his work hours as he considers 65 as a perfect time to retire completely from the workforce. Ben has $465,000 in super which consists wholly of a taxable component and is fully preserved. The super is invested in a balance option and has earned 6.5% pa. on average in the past few years.

Ben is considering a TRIS strategy which will require him to salary sacrifice a greater portion of his pre-tax income to superannuation. Ben currently receives take-home pay of $74,547.62 and $9,543.38 employer super guarantee contributions into his super. Ben decides to salary sacrifice $15,000 (concessional contribution cap of $25,000) per year into super. Contributions tax of 15% deducted leaving him $12,750 to invest in his superannuation fund. Ben now receives an after tax take-home pay of $65,506.62.

Ben uses his superannuation to start a TRIS with $465,000. He draws the minimum of $9,300 from his TRIS to replace the reduced salary.

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Last modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2020