Update on tax on Supplementary Retirement Scheme withdrawal

Cur­rently, an SRS mem­ber can with­draw up to $40,000 per year from his SRS account tax-free on or after reach­ing the pre­scribed retire­ment age, assum­ing that he has no other tax­able income. Over the max­imum with­drawal period of 10 years, he can with­draw up to $400,000 tax-free.
How­ever, if an SRS mem­ber passes away before com­plet­ing his SRS with­draw­als or made a full with­drawal on the grounds of ter­minal ill­ness, he would not be able to enjoy the full bene­fit from spread­ing out his SRS with­draw­als over a 10-year period. Hence, from year of assess­ment 2016, a tax exemp­tion of up to $400,000 would be gran­ted for SRS funds deemed with­drawn upon an SRS member’s demise or a with­drawn in full on the grounds of ter­minal ill­ness.

Next, from July 2015, SRS mem­bers will be able to apply to their SRS oper­at­ors to with­draw an SRS invest­ment by trans­fer­ring the invest­ment out of their SRS accounts (e.g. into their per­sonal Cent­ral Depos­it­ory (CDP) account), without hav­ing to liquid­ate their SRS invest­ments. This is only applic­able for the fol­low­ing types of with­draw­als, which qual­ify for the 50% tax concession:

  1. with­drawal on or after the stat­utory retire­ment age pre­vail­ing at the time of an SRS member’s first con­tri­bu­tion (cur­rently age 62);
  2. with­drawal on med­ical grounds;
  3. with­drawal in full by a for­eigner who has main­tained his SRS account for at least 10 years from the date of his first con­tri­bu­tion; and
  4. actual with­drawal made by an SRS mem­ber or his legal per­sonal rep­res­ent­at­ive (if he is deceased) from his SRS account, after the SRS invest­ment that is to be with­drawn had earlier been deemed with­drawn upon death or after the expiry of the 10-year with­drawal period.

All other with­draw­als from an SRS account, includ­ing pre­ma­ture with­draw­als, must be made in cash.