Talking to the Taxman


I have a rather curly question but I hope you can answer it. My husband and I are five years from retiring and, combined, we have just over $620,000 in assets, including an investment property with a mortgage. My question is, does Centrelink take the mortgage from the investment property off the total of investment assets when assessing us for the Age Pension?


Scott's Answer

Hi Beverley,

In a word, yes. Centrelink only counts the equity in the investment property (less the debt) for the Age Pension asset test. If, however, you have both a mortgage on your home and a mortgage on your investment property, I’d encourage you to focus on paying down your home over the next five years, because its value is totally exempt from the asset test.