Saturday, July 20, 2013

Superannuation: New Transtasman Portability

Recently, it has become possible for any superannuation fund in Australia to be transferred across the Tasman into your New Zealand Kiwisaver fund.

If you have at any time lived or worked in Australia and had any of your income transferred into an Australian super fund, you can now bring your fund across. Also, if you have done business with a financial adviser across the Tasman and lost contact upon your return to New Zealand, your super fund doesn't have to be lingering in financial limbo anymore. Just get in contact with us and we’d be happy to assist with all aspects of the transfer. The only limitation on this Trans Tasman portability is that your former Australian super fund must be converted into Kiwisaver.

Now you can transfer your Australian superannuation fund into a Kiwisaver account.

"A recent change in Australian legislation means that from July 2013, New Zealand residents will be able to transfer their eligible Australian superannuation savings into their ASB KiwiSaver Scheme account. Members who permanently emigrate to Australia will also be able to transfer their KiwiSaver savings to an Australian complying superannuation fund that accepts the transfer.

If your Australian funds are transferred into your KiwiSaver account, they will be subject to KiwiSaver rules and regulations; however some Australian superannuation rules will still apply.
You will be able to withdraw the Australian-sourced portion of your KiwiSaver account at 60 years of age, if you fulfill the Australian definition of "retired".

Transfers of Australian superannuation funds to your KiwiSaver account will not be considered eligible contributions for the purpose of receiving any member tax credits." 

- ASB Official Superannuation Transfer Information

If you are unsure of whether or not you may have money sitting in an Australian fund somewhere, we can help you with that too. Finally, although the ability to transfer your superannuation from Australia is a new feature, transferring your pensions from the UK is also possible for those who have previously made residence there. If you need any more information, just let us know, and don't leave your funds in limbo overseas when they could be benefiting you here and now!


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