Want to access some of your super before retirement? That can become possible through the Transition to Retirement (TTR). You can use TTR to top up your income as you decide to reduce your work hours nearing retirement or boost your super before you retire.
TTR is a strategy that grants access to some of their superannuation for individuals who have reached their preservation age, without having to retire. They are allowed to get an amount of their super savings through a Transition to Retirement Income Stream or TRIS.
Before you start commencing a TTR or paying a TRIS to an SMSF member, the individual must have reached their preservation age but are still working. Fifty-five is the preservation age for those born before 1 July 1960. The preservation age is higher for those born on or after 1 July 1960. Refer to the table below for the specifics:
Date of Birth
Born before 1 July 1960
Born between 1 July 1960 and 30 June 1961
Born between 1 July 1961 and 30 June 1962
Born between 1 July 1962 and 30 June 1963
Born between 1 July 1963 and 30 June 1964
Born after 1 July 1964
If you’re eligible for TRIS, you can use Transition to Retirement to supplement your income as you start to reduce your employment hours. You can also maximise it to increase your superannuation savings & save on tax while continuing to work full time. But like any financial strategy, TTR comes with pros and cons.
Whether you want to tap into a part of your superannuation to boost your retirement fund or reduce work hours, you should use a TTR calculator. It’s a helpful tool to give you some sort of idea of how to best transition to your retirement phase by looking at your current & future financial goals. It will also show you a ballpark figure of how much you’ll need in retirement.
If you need more help growing your superannuation for retirement and strategising your SMSF investments for the future, give us a call today. Our SMSF experts are ready to point you in the right direction.