Tax components of superannuation benefits

Understanding and maintaining tax components of a member superannuation account is important as it will determine the quantum of tax payable when benefits are paid out.

Tax-free and taxable components

The tax-free and taxable components can change over time and are best explained in the following diagram.

Suiperannuation member benefits tax components

Allocation of earnings

All positive and negative investment earnings are allocated to member account based on the following principles:

accumulation phase

pension phase


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