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A life interest arises when a pensioner:
- acquires the right to use assets or the income produced by those assets, or
- transfers a non-exempt asset to another person, but retains an interest in the asset, or
- is created by the will of a deceased individual.
A life interest remains current until the pensioner:
- sells the asset, or
- formally surrenders the asset.
An asset means any property, including property outside Australia.
According to section 5H of the VEA income is:
- an amount earned, derived or received by a person for the person's own use or benefit;
- a periodical payment by way of gift or allowance; or
- a periodical benefit by way of gift or allowance.
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