What are Gifting Rules?
In your retirement, you may like to make a gift to your children, a family member or a charity. If you receive the Centrelink Age Pension, there are limits on how much you can gift without impacting your Centrelink entitlements.
In other words, you can make a gift, reducing your assessable assets, if it meets these requirements:
- Less than $10,000 in a financial year; or
- Less than $30,000 over a five-year rolling period (current year plus last 4 years).
How does it work?
Singles and members of a couple get the same threshold i.e. a couple combined has a limit $10,000 in one year or $30,000 over 5. If your gift exceeds these thresholds, any amount over will be considered a "deprived asset" and will be counted as an asset for means testing purposes.
Deprived assets will count towards your thresholds over the 5-year rolling period they relate to rather than new gifts only. If the gift is returned, it will reduce the assessable deprived asset value (where applicable).
Inadequate consideration for the sale of an asset can be counted as a gift. The difference between market value and the consideration paid will be included.
What are the benefits?
- Gifting cash or assets within the $30,000 over 5-year limits reduce your assessable assets and may increase your Centrelink entitlements.
- You can assist family members / friends / charities by providing a gift within threshold limits and it won’t impact your Age Pension payment.
What should I be thinking about?
- You may only receive a small increase in your Centrelink payment relatively to the gift you make.
- Centrelink payments are subject to legislative change which may impact the amount of your entitlement in the future.