7 Australian annuities and superannuation income streams 2015
This question is about income you received from annuities and superannuation income streams.
Annuities (also known as non-superannuation annuities) may be paid to you by life insurance companies and friendly societies. You may have received a PAYG payment summary - individuals non-business showing such amounts.
Superannuation income streams (including lump sum in arrears amounts) are paid to you by Australian superannuation funds, retirement savings account (RSA) providers and life insurance companies. You may have received a PAYG payment summary - superannuation income stream showing such amounts.
If you received a taxable Australian superannuation lump sum payment, include it at item 8.
Do not show the following amounts anywhere on your tax return:
- the taxed element of a superannuation income stream you received after your 60th birthday (these amounts are tax free and not included in your taxable income)
- the taxed element of a superannuation income stream paid to you as the result of the death of another person who died aged 60 years old or older or if you were 60 years old or older when you received the benefit (these amounts are tax free and not included in your taxable income)
- the tax-free component of any superannuation income stream (these amounts are tax free and not included in your taxable income)
Did you receive any of these payments?
This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.
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Answering this question
You will need:
- your PAYG payment summary - individual non-business showing the gross payment of any annuities
- your PAYG payment summary - superannuation income stream; superannuation income stream benefits have two components which may be shown on your payment summary:
- a taxable component which can have two elements
- a taxed element, and
- an untaxed element
- a tax-free component (do not show your tax-free component anywhere on your tax return).
You may also need a statement from your payer showing the deductible amount of the undeducted purchase price (UPP) of the annuity so you can work out the amount to include as income at this item. If you have not received this information or you have lost it, contact your payer to obtain a copy.
If you should have received a payment summary or statement and it has not yet arrived, or you have lost it, contact your payer to obtain a copy.
You may not have received a PAYG payment summary - superannuation income stream because your entire superannuation income stream was tax free. For example, you may not have received a payment summary if, in 2014–15, your superannuation income stream contained only taxed elements received on or after your 60th birthday.
Completing your tax return
Follow the steps below to ensure we apply the correct rate of tax.
Step 1 Tax withheld
Add up the tax withheld amounts on your payment summaries for your superannuation income streams and annuities.
Write the total in the left column under Tax withheld at item 7 on your tax return.
Step 2 Taxed element of taxable component
Add up the taxed element amounts that appear under the heading 'Taxable component' on your superannuation income stream payment summaries. Do not include any gross payments from annuities shown on a PAYG payment summary - individual non-business at this step. These are dealt with at step 4.
Write the total at J item 7.
Step 3 Untaxed element of taxable component
Add up any untaxed element amounts that appear under the heading 'Taxable component' on your superannuation income stream payment summaries, and write the total at (a) in worksheet 1. If you did not receive any, write 0.
Step 4 Annuities
If you did not receive any Australian annuities, write 0 at (b) in worksheet 1 below and go to step 5.
If you received an annuity, your payer may have provided you with a statement showing the deductible amount of the UPP of your annuity. If you do not have details of the deductible amount, contact your payer for assistance. If your payer cannot tell you, phone 13 10 20.
Subtract the deductible amount from the gross amount of the annuity shown on your PAYG payment summary - individual non-business.
- If the answer is a negative amount then the amount is treated as if it was zero.
- If you had more than one annuity, repeat this step for each one.
- Add these amounts and write your total at (b) in worksheet 1.
Step 5 Total untaxed element
Add (a) and (b) in worksheet 1.
Working out the total of untaxed elements and annuity amounts
Total untaxed element amounts from superannuation income streams (from step 3)
Total amounts from annuities (from step 4)
Add (a) and (b).
Transfer the amount at (c) to N item 7.
If you did not receive any superannuation income stream lump sums in arrears, go to question 8 Australian superannuation lump sum payments.
Step 6 Taxed element of lump sums in arrears
Add up all the taxed element amounts that appear under the heading 'Lump sum in arrears - taxable component' on your superannuation income stream payment summaries.
Write the total at Y item 7.
Step 7 Untaxed element of lump sums in arrears
Add up all the untaxed element amounts that appear under the heading 'Lump sum in arrears - taxable component' on your superannuation income stream payment summaries.
Write the total at Z item 7.
Lump sums in arrears tax offset
You may be entitled to a tax offset if you received a superannuation income stream lump sum in arrears. However, you need to provide additional information.
- On a separate sheet of paper
- print SCHEDULE OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - ITEM 7
- print your name, address and tax file number
- write the amount of the payment in arrears for each income year involved. For example, if you received $900 in 2014–15 as a lump sum in arrears, $600 of that lump sum could be due to you for 2012–13 and $300 for 2013–14. You would write 2012–13 $600 and 2013–14 $300. If you do not have that information, contact the payer of your superannuation income stream.
- Attach your schedule to page 3 of your tax return.
- Print X in the Yes box at Taxpayer's declaration question 2 on page 10 of your tax return.
You may be entitled to the:
Find out more
For more information about Australian annuities and superannuation income streams or conditions of release including preservation age, see Withdrawing your super and paying tax
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This question is about income you received from superannuation income streams and annuities.