Ask Paul: I have $500k in super, should I give $200k to my kids?
I am living with my daughter and her husband. I have $500,000 in super but no other assets.
I live a comfortable life and have just started receiving the age pension.
I have two children living independently.
Can I give $100,000 to my children to help them now rather than wait until I die? - Bernadette
I like your attitude, Bernadette. Giving money early to the kids is a very personal issue and can have all sorts of family complexity.
The personal issues I will leave to you.
But the absolute rule number one is to ensure you are financially secure. This means thinking through health issues, what happens if you need to go to an aged care service in time to come, with high upfront costs and so on.
It also needs a good think about how much you may need over the aged pension to live well.
Once you have thought over these quite complex issues and are certain that you will be as secure as you can be, then giving money to your kids may make sense, but it is critical we consider the impact on your pension.
Under the "deprivation" rules, when it comes to impacting your pension, you are only allowed to give away $10,000 a year, up to a limit of $30,000 over five years. So, if you give away $100,000, in the first year the pension calculation will still assume you have $90,000 when it comes to calculating your pension.
I would suggest you talk to Centrelink about the impact on your pension. It makes quite a difference whether you are a homeowner, single or joint pensioner and so on.
But I really wonder if, after ensuring you are financially secure, you would not be better to gift $10,000 a year to the kids until you reach the $30,000 limit after three years. At this stage you could reassess your situation.
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