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SuperStream Death benefit rollovers

What SMSF and APRA-regulated fund trustees must do differently when rolling over a death benefit to a child recipient.

Last updated 10 August 2021

From 1 October 2021, SuperStream Rollovers version 3 is introducing changes to Death Benefit rollovers. These are different depending on whether the rollover is for a dependent adult or child beneficiary.

A dependent child beneficiary is a child of the member who is either:

  • under 18 years old
  • between 18 and 25 years old and was financially dependent on the deceased
  • living with a permanent disability.

When you are undertaking a death benefit rollover, you must:

  • process the rollover electronically using the SuperStream Rollover message
  • where the dependent beneficiary is a child, as soon as practicable, complete the Death benefit rollover statement (DBRS) and send this to the receiving fund, and
  • for dependent adult and child beneficiaries, give a DBRS or a statement with the same information as the DBRS to the dependant beneficiary, within 30 days of the rollover payment.

For example, a dependent child recipient wants to roll their death benefit income stream to Fund B:

  • Fund B sends an Initiate Rollover Request (IRR) via SuperStream to the transferring fund.
  • Fund A responds with a Rollover Transaction Request (RTR) message via SuperStream, with the appropriate death benefit tax code and the 'recipient age category' set to 'C'.
  • Fund B will know (due to the recipient age category value of C) they will also get a DBRS outside of SuperStream.

If the rollover is a death benefit and the recipient is a dependent child, this is a 'child death benefit rollover' and therefore the receiving fund will need to check the recipient's date of birth in relation to the associated cashing obligations.

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