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These regulations amend the Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997, Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997 and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994 to enable new innovative retirement income stream products to be offered from 1 July 2017.
Administered by: Treasury
Made 15 Jun 2017
Registered 21 Jun 2017
Tabled HR 22 Jun 2017
Tabled Senate 08 Aug 2017
Date of repeal 02 Jul 2017
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
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Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2017

I, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 15 June 2017

Peter Cosgrove

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

for the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services

 

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Innovative superannuation income streams                                                       2

Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997                                                                                        2

Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997                                                                             5

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994                                                           5

Schedule 2—Capped defined benefit income streams                                                             11

Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997                                                                                      11

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2017.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

1 July 2017.

1 July 2017

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the following:

                     (a)  the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997;

                     (b)  the Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997;

                     (c)  the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Innovative superannuation income streams

  

Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997

1  Regulation 307‑200.05

Repeal the regulation, substitute:

307‑200.05  Meaning of superannuation interests—treating a superannuation interest as 2 or more superannuation interests (superannuation income streams)

                   If a superannuation income stream:

                     (a)  is payable; or

                     (b)  will be payable, and it is a deferred superannuation income stream covered by paragraph (c) of the definition of superannuation income stream in subregulation 995‑1.01(1);

an amount that supports the superannuation income stream is always to be treated as a separate superannuation interest.

2  Subparagraph 307‑205.02(1)(a)(iii)

Omit “307‑205.02B (a); and”, substitute “307‑205.02B(a); or”.

3  At the end of paragraph 307‑205.02(1)(a)

Add:

                            (iv)  a superannuation income stream that is supported by a superannuation interest that can be valued under regulation 307‑205.02C, 307‑205.02D or 307‑205.02E; and

4  Regulation 307‑205.02A

After “subparagraph 307‑205.02(1)(a)(ii)”, insert “but not in subparagraph 307‑205.02(1)(a)(iv)”.

5  At the end of Subdivision 307‑D

Add:

307‑205.02C  Deferred superannuation income streams—value of an interest

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 307‑205(1)(a) of the Act, the value at a particular time of an individual’s superannuation interest that supports a deferred superannuation income stream referred to in subregulation (3) is the greater of:

                     (a)  the sum of each amount of consideration paid for the interest for the income stream, and that amount’s associated notional earnings, as worked out under subregulation (2) for the day that includes that time; and

                     (b)  the total amount of the superannuation benefits that would become payable if the individual voluntarily caused the interest to cease at that time.

Note:          For paragraph (a), subregulation (2) works out a total amount made up of the amount of consideration and its associated notional earnings.

             (2)  An amount of consideration paid for the interest for the income stream, and that amount’s associated notional earnings, for a particular day (the valuing day) is worked out by applying the following formula for each adjustment day (from the earliest to the latest):

where:

above threshold rate, for a particular day, means the rate determined for that day under subsection 1082(2) of the Social Security Act 1991.

adjustment day means each of the following:

                     (a)  each 12‑month anniversary of the consideration payment day that happens before the valuing day;

                     (b)  the valuing day.

applicable above threshold rate, for a particular day, means:

                     (a)  if that day is a 12‑month anniversary of the consideration payment day—the above threshold rate for that day; or

                     (b)  if that day is the valuing day—the proportion of the above threshold rate for that day equal to the number of days that the valuing day is in the 12 months starting on the day after:

                              (i)  if the valuing day is at least 12 months after the consideration payment day—the most recent 12‑month anniversary of the consideration payment day; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—the consideration payment day.

compounded amount of consideration just before the adjustment day means:

                     (a)  for the earliest adjustment day—the amount of consideration; or

                     (b)  for each later adjustment day—the result of applying the formula for the most recent earlier adjustment day.

consideration payment day means the day the amount of consideration was paid.

             (3)  Subregulation (1) applies to a deferred superannuation income stream that:

                     (a)  is covered by paragraph (c) of the definition of superannuation income stream in subregulation 995‑1.01(1); and

                     (b)  is neither a pooled investment pension nor a pooled investment annuity.

307‑205.02D  Pooled investment pensions—value of an interest

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 307‑205(1)(a) of the Act, the value at a particular time of an individual’s superannuation interest that supports a pooled investment pension is the value of so much of the collective pool of assets in the fund at that time as is:

                     (a)  attributed to the individual under the rules of the fund; and

                     (b)  specified in an actuary’s certificate.

             (2)  A pooled investment pension is a superannuation income stream supported by an individual’s superannuation interest if:

                     (a)  the interest is in a superannuation fund; and

                     (b)  the rules for the provision of the income stream ensure that, once payments of the income stream start, the income stream is to continue for the remainder of the individual’s life; and

                     (c)  the rules for the provision of the income stream ensure that the amounts of those payments are determined by having regard to:

                              (i)  the age, life expectancy or other factors relevant to the mortality of each individual who has that kind of superannuation interest in the fund; and

                             (ii)  the pool of assets in the fund held for the collective benefit of those individuals.

307‑205.02E  Pooled investment annuities—value of an interest

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 307‑205(1)(a) of the Act, the value at a particular time of an individual’s superannuation interest that supports a pooled investment annuity is the value of so much of the collective pool of assets held by the life insurance company at that time as is:

                     (a)  attributed to the individual under the contract for the provision of the pooled investment annuity; and

                     (b)  specified in an actuary’s certificate.

             (2)  A pooled investment annuity is a superannuation income stream supported by an individual’s superannuation interest if:

                     (a)  the superannuation income stream is a superannuation annuity provided by a life insurance company; and

                     (b)  the contract for the provision of the income stream ensures that, once payments of the income stream start, the income stream is to continue for the remainder of the individual’s life; and

                     (c)  the contract for the provision of the income stream ensures that the amounts of those payments are determined by having regard to:

                              (i)  the age, life expectancy or other factors relevant to the mortality of each individual who has that kind of superannuation interest with the life insurance company; and

                             (ii)  the pool of assets held by the life insurance company for the collective benefit of those individuals; and

                     (d)  at least 50 entities have superannuation interests (of any kind) with the life insurance company.

6  Subregulation 995‑1.01(1)

Insert:

pooled investment annuity has the meaning given by subregulation 307‑205.02E(2).

pooled investment pension has the meaning given by subregulation 307‑205.02D(2).

7  Subregulation 995‑1.01(1) (subparagraph (b)(ii) of the definition of superannuation annuity)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (ii)  is taken to be an annuity for the purposes of the SIS Act in accordance with subregulation 1.05(1) of the SIS Regulations; or

8  Subregulation 995‑1.01(1) (at the end of the definition of superannuation annuity)

Add:

               ; or (c)  a deferred superannuation income stream that is taken to be an annuity for the purposes of the SIS Act in accordance with subregulation 1.05(1) of the SIS Regulations because the contract for the provision of the income stream meets the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2) of the SIS Regulations.

9  Subregulation 995‑1.01(1) (at the end of the definition of superannuation income stream)

Add:

               ; or (c)  a deferred superannuation income stream that is taken to be:

                              (i)  an annuity for the purposes of the SIS Act in accordance with subregulation 1.05(1) of the SIS Regulations because the contract for the provision of the income stream meets the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2) of the SIS Regulations; or

                             (ii)  a pension for the purposes of the SIS Act in accordance with subregulation 1.06(1) of the SIS Regulations because the rules for the provision of the income stream meet the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2) of the SIS Regulations.

Retirement Savings Accounts Regulations 1997

10  Schedule 2 (after table item 109)

Insert:

109A

For acquiring a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act) that supports a deferred superannuation income stream (within the meaning of that Act) to be provided under a contract or rules that meet the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2) of the SIS Regulations

The restrictions contained in paragraph 1.06A(3)(e) of the SIS Regulations

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994

11  Subregulation 1.03(1)

Insert:

access amount, at a particular time (the access time) for a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act), means the sum of:

                     (a)  the maximum amount payable if the benefit were commuted on the retirement phase start day for the benefit, as determined by the contract or rules for the provision of the benefit; and

                     (b)  any instalments paid for the benefit after the retirement phase start day for the benefit and before the access time.

deferred superannuation income stream means a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act) if the contract or rules for the provision of the benefit provides for payments of the benefit:

                     (a)  to start more than 12 months after the superannuation interest is acquired; and

                     (b)  to be made at least annually afterwards.

first half of the life expectancy period, for a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act), means the number of days in the period:

                     (a)  starting on the retirement phase start day for the benefit; and

                     (b)  ending when the number of days equal to the life expectancy period for the benefit divided by 2, and rounded down to the nearest whole number, have passed.

life expectancy period, for a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act), means the number of days worked out by:

                     (a)  calculating the number of years in the complete expectation of life of:

                              (i)  if the primary beneficiary of the benefit is alive on the retirement phase start day for the benefit—the primary beneficiary; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—the person (if any) to whom the benefit was transferred because of the primary beneficiary’s death, if at the time of that death the person was eligible under paragraph 6.21(2)(b) to be paid a benefit;

                            on the retirement phase start day for the benefit as worked out using the prescribed Life Tables; and

                     (b)  rounding the result down to the nearest whole number of years; and

                     (c)  converting those years to a number of days, assuming 365 days in a year.

prescribed Life Tables means the Life Tables prescribed by section 7 of the Income Tax Assessment (1936 Act) Regulation 2015, as if references in that section to:

                     (a)  an annuity included a reference to a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act); and

                     (b)  the year in which the annuity first commences to be payable were a reference to the year that includes the retirement phase start day for the benefit.

retirement phase start day, for a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act), means:

                     (a)  if the benefit is a deferred superannuation income stream—the later of:

                              (i)  the day the primary beneficiary satisfies a condition of release mentioned in item 101, 102, 102A, 103 or 106 of Schedule 1; and

                             (ii)  the day the superannuation interest is acquired; or

                     (b)  otherwise—the day that payments of the benefit start to be payable.

12  Subparagraph 1.05(1)(a)(i)

After “subregulation (11A)”, insert “or 1.06A(2)”.

13  Paragraph 1.05(1)(d)

After “to which paragraph (11A)(a) applies”, insert “and that meets the standards of subregulation (11A)”.

14  Paragraph 1.05(1)(e)

After “to which paragraph (11A)(b) applies”, insert “and that meets the standards of subregulation (11A)”.

15  Subregulation 1.05(11B)

Before “subregulation 6.21(2A) or (2B)”, insert “paragraph 6.21(2)(b) or”.

16  Subparagraph 1.06(1)(a)(i)

After “subregulation (9A)”, insert “or 1.06A(2)”.

17  Paragraph 1.06(1)(b)

After “to which paragraph (9A)(a) applies”, insert “and that meet the standards of subregulation (9A)”.

18  Paragraph 1.06(1)(c)

After “to which paragraph (9A)(b) applies”, insert “and that meet the standards of subregulation (9A)”.

19  Subregulation 1.06(9B)

Before “subregulation 6.21(2A) or (2B)”, insert “paragraph 6.21(2)(b) or”.

20  After regulation 1.06

Insert:

1.06A  Standards for certain innovative superannuation income streams

             (1)  This regulation applies to either of the following (the governing conditions):

                     (a)  a contract for the provision of a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act);

                     (b)  the rules for the provision of a benefit supported by a superannuation interest (within the meaning of that Act).

             (2)  The governing conditions meet the standards of this subregulation if:

                     (a)  they neither meet the standards in subregulation 1.05(11A) nor the standards in subregulation 1.06(9A) (as applicable); and

                     (b)  they comply with subregulation (3) of this regulation; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  they ensure that payment of the benefit is made at least annually; or

                             (ii)  the benefit is a deferred superannuation income stream.

Note:          Paragraph (a) can be complied with for some of the standards referred to in that paragraph if the governing conditions state that they do not meet those standards (see subregulation (5)).

             (3)  The governing conditions comply with this subregulation if they ensure that:

                     (a)  no payment of the benefit is made before the primary beneficiary satisfies a condition of release mentioned in item 101, 102, 102A, 103 or 106 of Schedule 1; and

                     (b)  after payments of the benefit start, the benefit is payable throughout the life of the beneficiary (primary or reversionary); and

                     (c)  the amount of benefit payments is determined using a method that ensures that those payments are not unreasonably deferred after they start, having regard to the following:

                              (i)  to the extent that the payments depend on the returns on investment of the assets supporting the benefit—when the payments are made and when the returns are derived;

                             (ii)  to the extent that the payments depend on the ages, life expectancies or other factors relevant to the mortality of other individuals who are beneficiaries of that kind of benefit—the age, life expectancy or other factors relevant to the mortality of each of those other individuals;

                            (iii)  to the extent that the payments do not depend on the returns mentioned in subparagraph (i) or the ages, life expectancies or other factors relevant to mortality mentioned in subparagraph (ii)—the relative sizes of the annual totals of the payments from year to year;

                            (iv)  any other relevant factors; and

                     (d)  if the benefit is commuted on or after the retirement phase start day for the benefit—the commutation amount does not exceed the amount worked out for the benefit under regulation 1.06B; and

                     (e)  if the benefit is commuted before the retirement phase start day for the benefit—the commutation happens only in accordance with the rules set out in regulations 6.16, 6.18, 6.19 and 6.22A, if those rules applied in relation to the benefit as if:

                              (i)  the benefit were in a regulated superannuation fund; and

                             (ii)  the beneficiary were a member of the fund; and

                            (iii)  the provider of the benefit were a trustee of the fund; and

                      (f)  the benefit is transferable to another person only on the death of the beneficiary (primary or reversionary, as applicable); and

                     (g)  the capital value of the benefit and the income from it cannot be used as a security for a borrowing.

             (4)  However, the governing conditions do not meet the standards of subregulation (2) if, in relation to the death of the beneficiary, the benefit is transferred or paid to a person who would not be eligible under paragraph 6.21(2)(b), or under subregulation 6.21(2A) or (2B), to be paid a benefit.

             (5)  The governing conditions may state that they do not meet the standards in subparagraph 1.05(11A)(b)(i) or (ii), or in subparagraph 1.06(9A)(b)(i) or (ii), as applicable. For the purposes of this Part, such a statement has effect according to its terms from the day it is made, and continues to have effect whether or not the statement is later changed or removed.

1.06B  Maximum commutation amount for certain innovative superannuation income streams

             (1)  For the purposes of paragraph 1.06A(3)(d), the amount for a commutation of a benefit (the income stream) is:

                     (a)  if the income stream is commuted during the 14 day period starting on the retirement phase start day for the income stream—the access amount for the income stream at the time of the commutation; or

                     (b)  if the income stream is commuted on the death of the beneficiary within the first half of the life expectancy period for the income stream and paragraph (a) does not apply—the access amount for the income stream at the time of the death; or

                     (c)  otherwise:

                              (i)  the amount worked out for the income stream under subregulation (2); or

                             (ii)  if the amount worked out for the income stream under subregulation (2) is less than or equal to zero—nil.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), the amount for the income stream is worked out using the following formula:

where:

previously commuted amount means the sum of any amounts commuted from the income stream before the time of the commutation.

remaining life expectancy means the number of days remaining in the life expectancy period for the income stream after subtracting the number of days in the period:

                     (a)  starting on the retirement phase start day for the income stream; and

                     (b)  ending on the day of the commutation.

21  Subregulation 6.01(2) (subparagraph (a)(i) of the definition of transition to retirement income stream)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                              (i)  is a contract to which paragraph 1.05(11A)(a) applies and that meets the standards of subregulation 1.05(11A); and

22  Subregulation 6.01(2) (subparagraph (b)(i) of the definition of transition to retirement income stream)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                              (i)  are rules to which paragraph 1.06(9A)(a) applies and that meet the standards of subregulation 1.06(9A); and

23  In the appropriate position in Part 14

Insert:

Division 14.14Transitional arrangements arising out of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2017

14.14  Arrangements

                   The amendments of these Regulations made by Schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2017 apply in relation to the following:

                     (a)  a benefit arising under a contract entered into on or after 1 July 2017;

                     (b)  a benefit provided under rules made on or after 1 July 2017.

24  Part 1 of Schedule 1 (after table item 109)

Insert:

109A

For acquiring a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act) that supports a deferred superannuation income stream to be provided under a contract or rules that meet the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2)

The restrictions contained in paragraph 1.06A(3)(e)

25  Part 2 of Schedule 1 (after table item 207)

Insert:

207A

For acquiring a superannuation interest (within the meaning of the 1997 Tax Act) that supports a deferred superannuation income stream to be provided under a contract or rules that meet the standards of subregulation 1.06A(2)

The restrictions contained in paragraph 1.06A(3)(e)

Schedule 2Capped defined benefit income streams

  

Income Tax Assessment Regulations 1997

1  After Division 293

Insert:

Division 294Transfer balance cap

Subdivision 294‑DModifications for certain defined benefit income streams

294‑130.01  Meaning of capped defined benefit income stream

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 294‑130(2) of the Act, a superannuation income stream is prescribed if subregulation (2), (3) or (4) applies to the income stream.

             (2)  This subregulation applies to a superannuation income stream if it is a pension for the purposes of the SIS Act that is provided under rules:

                     (a)  that are in existence at the date of registration of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Amendment Regulations 2007 (No. 3); and

                     (b)  that would meet the standards of subregulation 1.06(2) of the SIS Regulations except for the circumstances in which those rules allow for either or both of the following:

                              (i)  the pension to be commuted;

                             (ii)  the variation or cessation of pension payments in respect of a child of the deceased primary or reversionary beneficiary.

             (3)  This subregulation applies to a superannuation income stream if:

                     (a)  it is a pension for the purposes of the SIS Act that is paid from a successor fund; and

                     (b)  the rules of the original fund satisfied subregulation (2); and

                     (c)  the rules of the successor fund satisfy paragraph (2)(b).

             (4)  This subregulation applies to a superannuation income stream if it is a pension for the purposes of the SIS Act that is provided:

                     (a)  on the grounds of invalidity under a public sector superannuation scheme; and

                     (b)  under rules that would meet the standards of subregulation 1.06(2) of the SIS Regulations except to the extent that those rules allow for the variation, suspension or cessation of pension payments due to any of the following:

                              (i)  the primary beneficiary’s level of incapacity being reclassified;

                             (ii)  the primary beneficiary’s personal earnings changing;

                            (iii)  the primary beneficiary being employed by a participating employer of the relevant superannuation scheme;

                            (iv)  the primary beneficiary failing to provide information as required by the rules;

                             (v)  the primary beneficiary reaching a particular age.

294‑135.01  Transfer balance credit—determining special value of a superannuation interest

                   For the purposes of subsection 294‑135(4) of the Act, the special value, at a particular time, of a superannuation interest that supports an income stream that is, or was at any time, a superannuation income stream prescribed by regulation 294‑130.01, is the amount worked out using the formula:

                  

                   where:

annual entitlement means the amount worked out by:

                     (a)  dividing the amount of the first superannuation income stream benefit you are entitled to receive from the income stream just after that time by the number of whole days to which that benefit relates; and

                     (b)  multiplying the result by 365.

294‑145.01  Transfer balance debits—determining debit value of a superannuation interest

                   For the purposes of subsection 294‑145(7) of the Act, the debit value, at a particular time, of a superannuation interest that supports an income stream that is, or was at any time, a superannuation income stream prescribed by regulation 294‑130.01, is:

                     (a)  the amount of the transfer balance credit that arose in your transfer balance account in respect of the income stream; less

                     (b)  the amount of any transfer balance debits (apart from debits arising under item 4 of the table in subsection 294‑80(1) of the Act) that have arisen in your transfer balance account in respect of the income stream before that time.