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Document provider outlines traps with auto-reversionary pensions

By mbrownlee
July 04 2019
1 minute read

Where advisers and their clients want the binding death benefit nomination to override a reversionary pension, they may want to avoid having an auto-reversionary pension, says an SMSF document provider.

Acis SMSF services director Peter Johnson said there has been some commentary lately around trust deeds containing clauses that cause reversionary pensions to override binding death benefit nominations and some of the issues that can arise with this.

“Whilst we agree with the sentiment, if a reversionary pension is auto-reversionary, then the BDBN would be over a zero balance,” Mr Johnson explained.


“If it wasn’t, then the pension clearly wasn’t auto-reversionary. It would simply be a new death benefit pension. This has transfer balance cap consequences because you would not have the 12-month grace period.”

Mr Johnson said if advisers want the BDBN to override a reversionary pension, then they should avoid implementing an auto-reversionary pension.

He also stressed the importance of SMSF trust deeds incorporating provisions that cater for the majority of common procedural matters.

While there may be some specific provisions that need to be applied for minimum pension payments requirements, for example, a well-designed SMSF deed, he said, “should include provisions that cover most of the situations in which advisers and trustees find themselves”.

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee

Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.

Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.

You can email Miranda on: miranda.brownlee@momentummedia.com.au