Income stream reviews for Centrelink benefits
– Receiving any Centrelink benefits?
At a glance:
– Taxpayers may require an income stream review if they receive account-based pensions/annuities or market-linked income streams as it can affect their Centrelink entitlements.
– Be aware of your obligation to complete an income stream review.
– Contact us if you require any clarification or advice.
Each year during August and/or February, Centrelink will conduct reviews of taxpayers’ income streams if they receive:
- An account-based/allocated pension;
- An account-based/allocated annuity; or
- A market-linked/term-allocated pension.
The type of Centrelink benefits a taxpayer receives and the source of their income stream will determine when the review is conducted and which information is collected.
The February review applies if the individual is receiving benefits from:
- Age Pension;
- Disability Support Pension;
- Carer Payment;
- Wife Pension; or
- Widow B Pension.
The August review applies if the individual is receiving income support payment, and the individual or individual’s spouse has:
- An account-based or market linked income stream; or
- An asset-test exempt lifetime or life expectancy income stream.
Centrelink will inform a taxpayer by letter when a review is required giving them a 21 day period to complete the review.
For more information, click here.
– These reviews do not replace other ongoing obligations taxpayers have with Centrelink.