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Potential tax saving


When superannuation death benefit payments are made to non-tax dependants (i.e. most adult children), tax can be payable on certain components. In the calculation of this tax, it includes the Medicare levy (currently 2%).

Without getting too technical, if this same benefit is left via a Will, the Medicare levy is not payable. Thus creating a tax saving of 2%.

There are also Centrelink reasons why certain beneficiaries might benefit from receiving a superannuation death benefit via a properly constructed Will, rather than directly from a superannuation fund.

Of course this isn’t a one size fits all issue and as usual we recommend you seek the appropriate professional advice.


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