About Centuria LifeGoals
Centuria LifeGoals can assist investors who want their investment, tax planning and estate planning needs covered in one simple investment solution.
Centuria LifeGoals may be attractive for investors seeking a tax-effective investment over the medium to long term and who wish to reduce their annual tax reporting obligations, including those who are paying tax at a marginal rate of more than 30%.
It may also be used as an alternative to, or complementary with, your other investments, including superannuation.
This is a tax-paid investment product. Tax on the annual earnings of the Investment Options is reported and paid by Centuria Life at a maximum rate of 30%, less any applicable tax offsets, such as franking credits from shares and allowable deductions. This means that investors do not need to declare earnings from Investment Options in their personal tax returns while they remain invested. Unlike shares, term deposits and managed funds, performance returns for the Investment Options are quoted net, or after, the payment of taxes by Centuria Life and fees.
Generally, if you hold your investment for 10 years or more, you pay no additional tax on your investment withdrawals. If you withdraw prior to this, you will normally only pay tax on the difference between 30% and any higher marginal tax rate applicable to you in that financial year on your earnings. In years 9 and 10 this difference is discounted by one-third and two-thirds respectively.
The Centuria LifeGoals Investment Options have features similar to a managed fund investment, combined with a life insurance policy. The investor however selects a natural person (life insured) upon whose death the investment will mature (that is, become payable). If no selection is made, the investor is also the life insured.
An investor (when also the life insured) can nominate one or more persons (nominated beneficiaries) to whom proceeds from the Investment Options are to be paid in the event of the death of the life insured. This payment would not form part of the investor's estate and would be paid directly to the nominated beneficiaries, by-passing the often complicated and time consuming probate process.
There is an attractive range of investment options to choose from across multiple asset classes and diversified funds. The investment menu, consisting of specialist low-cost index funds and high-quality active investment managers, has been carefully selected by Centuria Life. The selected investment managers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to monitor whether they are meeting their investment objectives as set out in the Centuria LifeGoals product disclosure statement.
Tax-effective wealth building
- 30% maximum tax paid on earnings
- No tax on withdrawals made after 10 years from initial investment
- Can contribute up to 125% of the previous year's total contributions without resetting the 10 year period
- If tax applies on withdrawals made within 10 years, a tax offset operates for the amount already paid by Centuria Life
Peace-of-mind estate planning
- Centuria LifeGoals do not need to form part of your estate
- Proceeds can be paid directly to your nominated beneficiaries
- No tax on death benefit payments
Investment alternative to superannuation
- Able to access your funds at any time
- No limit on the initial year's contributions
- No investment balance cap
As a life insurance company, Centuria is regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). We also hold an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL), which authorises us to deal in and provide general financial product advice on investment life insurance products, such as Centuria LifeGoals.