Technically Speaking: Deep diving into the definition of “retirement”

This is part two of our series on the importance of ‘retirement’ which takes a deep dive into the definition of ‘retirement’ and considers the key elements which need to be satisfied. You can read part one here to get a better understanding of why the definition of retirement is so important and may need to be revisited even though it’s been around for so many years.

This edition of Technically Speaking, written by the Association’s Technical Manager, Mary Simmons, delves further into the definition of ‘retirement’ including:

  • Highlighting the intrinsic link to a member’s preservation age,
  • Exploring the different requirements for members under the age of 60 and for those already 60 but not yet 65,
  • Breaking down the three key elements that a member must satisfy,
  • Analysing the ATO’s interpretative views; and
  • Outlining the compliance options available to the Commissioner if trustees get it wrong. 

The contents of this resource are taken to be correct at the time of publication.

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