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Edited version of private advice

Authorisation Number: 1051947049615

Date of advice: 14 February 2022


Subject: Undeducted purchase price of a foreign pension


Are you entitled to an undeducted purchase price (UPP) deductible amount in respect of your foreign pension?



This ruling applies for the following periods:

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

30 June 20XX

The scheme commences on:

3 June 20XX

Relevant facts and circumstances

You are a resident of Australia for income tax purposes.

Your pension is paid by a scheme maintained in foreign country.

You have provided a letter from the foreign fund stating the amount of your personal contributions.

You provided the value of your lump sum your received at commencement of your pension.

Your net present value was calculated by ATO in accordance with Taxation Ruling IT 2272.

Your pension commenced on the provided date and is payable for XX years.

You currently receive 100% of the pension and on your death it reverts to your spouse.

The residual capital value of the pension is nil.

When the pension commenced you were XX years of age and your life expectancy factor was XX.XX.

When the pension commenced your spouse was XX years of age and their life expectancy factor was XX.XX.

Your pension is paid on a monthly basis.

Relevant legislative provisions

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 Former subsection 27A(1)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 Section 27H

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 Subsection 27H(2)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 Subsection 27H(3)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 Subsection 27H(4)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 Section 960-50

Income Tax Assessment (1936 Act) Regulation 2015 Section 9

Income Tax Assessment (1997 Act) Regulations 2021 Section 960-50.01

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 Schedule 1B

Reasons for decision

The part of your annual pension or annuity income which represents a return to you of your personal contributions is free from tax. The tax-free portion is called the UPP deductible amount.

It is calculated by dividing the UPP of your pension by either the term of the pension (if fixed), or a life expectancy factor - that applies to you or your spouse if they have a greater life expectancy - according to life expectancy statistics.

The Australian life tables are published by the Australian Government Actuary, and the life expectancy is taken from when the pension first became payable.

The annual UPP deductible amount is calculated using the following formula:


A (B - C)



A = relevant share of the pension payable to you

(if all the pension is payable to you then A = 1)

B = is the amount of the UPP of the pension

C = is the residual capital value (if any), which in your case is nil

D = is the relevant number, which in your case is XX.XX.

By putting your information into the above formula, your annual UPP deductible amounts had been determined.