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Transition to retirement

How a member can benefit from TRIS/ TTR strategy

Section: 13.4

13.4 How a member can benefit from TRIS/ TTR strategy

There are three main ways a member can benefit from a TRIS/TTR* strategy:

  1. 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, their net income could remain the same, even though they are working less.
  2. A member can use the income to make additional repayments to debt prior to retiring.
  3. A member can top up their superannuation without forfeiting their net income.

Example - TTR strategy for reducing working hours but maintaining current income

Sanjesh, 59 and earns a salary of $110,000 p.a. (excluding super). His superannuation balance is $465,000, consisting entirely of a taxable component and is fully preserved.

Sanjesh wants to reduce his working hours down to 4 days per week. He wants to know what his financial position will be if:

  • his salary decreases by 20% 
  • he supplements his reduced salary income by commencing a TTR pension with $450,000 of his current superannuation balance
  • he retains $15,000 in accumulation phase into which employer SG contributions will be paid.

Currently, his take-home pay is $81,583.

Salary excluding super                              110,000  
SG rate 11%
Superannuation balance                              450,000
Minimum pension drawdown p.a. 4%
  Current (working 5 days per week) Proposed (working 4 days per week with TTR strategy)
Salary                              110,000                         88,000
Employer SG contribution                                  12,100                            9,680
TTR pension                                          -                           18,000
Taxable income                              110,000                       106,000
Tax on taxable income  -26,217 -24,917
Medicare levy -2,200 -2,120
15% tax offset on TTR income                                          -                              2,700
Total tax  - 28,417 -24,337
Net income after tax                                 81,583                         81,663


In reducing his workdays from 5 to 4 per week, Sanjesh's take-home salary dropped by $22,000. As Sanjesh is under 65, he can choose to drawdown between 4%-10% p.a. from his TTR pension to supplement his income.

He chooses to draw the minimum 4% of his pension account balance ($18,000) which allows him to maintain similar net income after tax. By using this strategy, Sanjesh's total tax is lower as his TTR pension income is eligible for a 15% tax offset.

Once Sanjesh turns 60 his pension payments become tax free. This would mean that he would need to draw only $14,500 from his TTR pension to maintain the same net income after tax - however he must draw at least 4% of his pension account balance as at 30 June of the prior financial year.

The terms TRIS and TTR are used interchangeably. The ATO uses 'TRIS' but "TTR' is commonly used in the industry. Both terms refer to transition to retirement income streams.

Source: Rainmaker Technical Services 2023

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Last modified: Monday, July 24, 2023