Q&A – Minimum pension drawdown

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By Mark Gleeson, Senior Technical Services Manager

Q: My client, Gabby who is age 72, has drawn a reduced minimum pension of 2.5% in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years from her account-based pension. Ordinarily she would be required to draw down 5%. I understand the Government announced the reduced minimum pension drawdown would be extended. How much is Gabby required to drawdown in the 2021/2022 financial year?

A: The halving of the minimum pension drawdown rate has been extended into the 2021/2022 financial year and your client need only drawdown 2.5% to satisfy minimum pension drawdown requirements.

On Thursday 24 June 2021 the Government made regulations to extend the temporary reduction in superannuation minimum drawdown rates through to the 2021-22 financial year.

The table below illustrates the standard minimum and reduced minimum pension drawdown rates.

Account-based pension minimums

Age Standard minimum Reduced minimum for 2021/22
Under 65 4% 2%
65–74 5% 2.5%
75–79 6% 3%
80–84 7% 3.5%
85–89 9% 4.5%
90–94 11% 5.5%
95 or older 14% 7%

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