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1.1.D.44 Deductible amount


This definition applies to all payments.


In reference to a defined benefit income stream for a year, a deductible amount means the sum of the amounts that are the tax free components of the payments received from the defined benefit income stream during the year.

The tax-free component is determined with reference to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997.

Note: From 1 January 2016, the deductible amount is capped at 10% of the gross income from the income stream. This means if the income stream has a tax-free component greater than 10% of the gross income from the income stream, the deductible amount for social security purposes is 10% of the gross income from the income stream.

Act reference: SSAct section 9(1)-'deductible amount'

Policy reference: SS Guide Income Test Assessment of Asset-Test Exempt Income Streams

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