Reducing client pension minimums on BT Platforms

The Government has announced temporary changes to superannuation to provide assistance to Australians impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). One of these changes is the temporary reduction in super pension minimum drawdown rates. More information on the announced change can be found here.

If you have a client who’d like to take advantage of this temporary reduction, we’ve included the information you need to action that request below.

If your client is currently receiving the minimum pension payments they will continue to receive the same pension payment amounts this financial year. For Asgard accounts we will represent in the systems that these clients are on a ‘Nominated’ amount this financial year however they will continue to receive the same pension payment amounts this financial year. You or your clients can request to change their payment amounts as detailed below.

Any client who is receiving the minimum payments (original or new reduced minimums) as at 30 June 2020 (including Asgard clients who are shown as being on a Nominated amount but are actually receiving the minimum) will receive the new reduced ‘minimum’ payments in 2020/21 financial year, unless they request a change to their payments.

How to action pension minimum reduction for your clients

We’re making amendments to our systems to allow for the new reduced minimums to be selected from 20 April 2020 for BT Wrap and Asgard and from 27 April 2020 for BT Panorama. If you have a client who would like to reduce their pension payments before these dates, we suggest the options below.

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Options available now

For BT Wrap pension accounts

Use the Pension Amendment tool and specify “No further payments this financial year”. The client will resume their current pension arrangements in the next financial year. If the client is receiving the minimum payments (either original minimum or new reduced minimum) at 30 June 2020, then they will receive the new reduced minimum next financial year.

For BT Panorama pension accounts

For clients who would like to change their pension amount to the new minimum for the FY20 financial year you can change their pension payment frequency to annual with the next payment due June 2020 to prevent a payment being made before June 2020. You can then follow the instructions below to change to the new reduced minimum from 27 April 2020.

For Asgard pension accounts

The cut off for amending April pension payments has already passed.  If you wish for clients to be on the new reduced minimum for the remainder of the FY20 financial year you can follow the instructions below from 20 April 2020.  This includes any clients who were moved to Annual Minimum Pension option to ensure they do not receive a payment in June 2020 (based on the original minimum pension).

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Instructions for changing pension payments to the new minimum amounts

Our team is currently undertaking the necessary system updates to accommodate the new reduced pension minimums.

For Asgard pension accounts:

From 20 April 2020, clients who are on the minimum will show as being on a ‘Nominated’ amount. The new reduced minimum amounts will be applied when minimum pension amount is requested from 20 April 2020.

To change your client’s pension payments to the new reduced minimum in AdviserNET from 20 April 2020:

  • From the client’s account details page, click on Transacting > Account options > Change account details
  • Click Pension Details
  • Select ‘Minimum Allowable Pension’ if you would like to move your client to the reduced minimum from 20 April 2020. If the client has already received the new minimum amount for FY19/20 they will not receive further payments this year. If you select this prior to 20 April 2020 your client will be on the original minimum and will be moved to a nominated amount on 20 April 2020.
  • Click on Finish to complete the update.

For BT Wrap pension accounts:

From 20 April 2020, selecting the ‘minimum’ pension amount in the pension amendment tool will result in the client receiving the new reduced minimum amount.

To change your client’s pension payments to the new reduced minimum on the Wrap Desktop from 20 April 2020:

  • Select Support > Forms > SuperWrap forms > Pension Amendment tool
  • Complete the Adviser and Investor details
  • Select the desired Frequency
  • Under Amount select Minimum Allowable under Government regulations

If the client has already received the new minimum amount for FY19/20 they will not receive further payments this year. If you select “minimum” prior to 20 April 2020 your client will be on the original minimum.

For BT Panorama pension accounts: 

To change your client’s pension payments on BT Panorama online from 27 April 2020:

  • From the client’s account, click on Pension payments > Manage regular payment
  • Under the Amount field, you can select ‘Min amount’ which will display the remaining payments to be paid for the current financial year
  • Make sure other fields such as 'Frequency' are also updated accordingly
  • Click confirm payment to submit the change to have the reduced minimum amount implemented. If the client has already received the new minimum amount for FY19/20 they will not receive further payments this year. If you select this prior to this date your client will be on the original minimum. 

Important note for BT Panorama accounts:

  • If your client has already received the annual reduced minimum amount, in your request, you will also need to specify a date in the 2021 financial year. This will ensure your client doesn’t receive further payments this financial year (2019- 2020).
  • If your client is on the minimum and you request any type of change to their pension payments between 25 April and 24 May (inclusive) (e.g. payment frequency), you need to also reconfirm the payment amount. If you would like your client to remain on the original minimum you will need to request a change to a "Specified" amount and enter the required payment amount.

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For more information visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for Advisers or the ATO’s dedicated page at ato.gov.au/coronavirus

Information current as at 16 April 2020.

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