I have a question regarding clarification of a spouse under the superannuation act.
I know that a spouse under ATO is a person who you are in a relationship with even though not legally married. We are not married, however have been in a relationship for many years and wanted to confirm if we will be treated as a spouse for the purpose of being able to make use of the superannuation downsizer contribution as a result of my partner selling a property.
A: Graeme Colley, Executive Manager, SMSF Technical & Private Wealth with SuperConcepts, has provided the following answer:
“The definition of spouse for downsizer contribution purposes includes someone who is ordinarily considered to be your spouse and another person with whom you live with on a genuine domestic basis, although you may not be legally married to them. An example would be a couple who live in a bona fide de facto relationship.
If you have been in a relationship for many years and are recognised to be in a spousal relationship then you would most likely to meet the definition of spouse for purposes of the downsizer contribution.
Here is the definition as it applies to downsizer contributions:
“spouse” of an individual includes:
(a) another individual (whether of the same sex or a different sex) with whom the individual is in a relationship that is registered under a * State law or * Territory law prescribed for the purposes of section 2E of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 as a kind of relationship prescribed for the purposes of that section; and