1.6 Million Transfer Balance Cap

From 1 July 2017, the amount a Members can have in a tax exempt pension within Super is capped at $1.6 million.

Any amounts in excess of the cap will need to be transferred out of the tax exempt pension phase, either back to the accumulation phase (earnings taxable at 15%) or out of the superannuation system entirely as a lump sum. Although transfers to the tax exempt pension phase will be limited to $1.6 million, there are no restrictions on how much a Member can continue to hold in the accumulation phase. If your pension balance is over $1.6 million, you will need to make a request to convert part or all of your pension accounts into accumulation phase to ensure that your total pension balance does not exceed $1.6 million. You can download the minute template by clicking on the button below:

If you have a pension balance of over $1.6 million, you might need to purchase an actuarial certificate to determine which portions of the SMSF are taxed at 15% and which portions are tax free. For more information on actuarial certificates, please click on the button below:

If your total pension balance is over $1.6 million, you will not be able to use the segregated method for the SMSF’s assets. For more information, please see the Tax Office Video below:

Transitional CGT Relief Summary

The purpose of the transitional CGT relief is to provide temporary relief for certain CGT assets that will lose the tax exemption in complying with the new transfer balance cap and TRIS.

As Trustee of a super fund, you have access to temporary CGT relief if one or more of the Members in the SMSF are affected by the changes.

  • Under the new transfer balance cap rules that commenced on 1 July 2017, a Member may need to reduce amounts currently supporting retirement phase super income streams. They may do this by transferring amounts back to the accumulation phase or withdrawing amounts from super.
  • Under the changes that remove the tax-exempt status of assets supporting a TRIS, from 1 July 2017 you will lose the exemption for earnings from assets supporting TRIS and the earnings will be taxable. This is because TRIS will no longer be considered super income streams in retirement phase.

How to Apply CGT Relief

If the asset are held throughout the period 9 November 2016 to 30 June 2017, Trustees can choose to apply temporary CGT relief.

Applying CGT relief will:

  • reset the cost base of an asset to its market value on the date of the asset transfer. This is where you reallocate or re-proportion assets from retirement phase to accumulation phase.
  • defer a capital gain that arises when resetting the cost base for re-proportioning assets where you use the proportionate method.

Certain events that impact on the Transfer Balance Account must be reported to the Tax Office under Superannuation Transfer Balance Account Reporting regime (TBAR). For more information on TBAR Reporting, please visit our page here.

Our Approach

If your pension balance is over $1.6 million, we will automatically reset the asset cost base in a most tax effective manner to take advantage of the CGT relief.

It is an ATO requirement to note the cost base reset in the SMSF Financial Reports and Tax Return. The below Tax Return extract shows where the cost base reset is reflected in the SMSF Tax Return.



For more guidance on the documents we request at the year-end to prepare the Tax Return, please visit our annual return page here.

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Superannuation Warehouse is an accounting firm and do not provide financial advice. All information provided has been prepared without taking into account any of the Trustees’ objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that, Trustees are advised to consider their own circumstances before engaging our services.