The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reminds taxpayers that a Self-Manager Superannuation Fund (SMSF) must pay a minimum amount each year to a member who is receiving a pension that commenced on or after 20 September 2007 (eg account based pensions). If the minimum payment is not made by 30 June, this can result in adverse taxation consequences for the member.
In response to COVID-19, the government temporarily reduced superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products by 50% for the 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 financial years.
However, for the 2024 financial year, the 50% reduction in the minimum pension drawdown rate will no longer apply.
That means that, from 1 July 2023, when taxpayers calculate the minimum annual payment for their pension, the 50% reduction will not apply to the calculated minimum annual payment.