Boost your super

Boost your super covers how much your employer must pay into your superannuation fund, how much you can contribute, the tax-free bonus the Government gives you, contribution strategies and everything you need to know about making personal superannuation contributions.

Boost your super also has special sections on Superannuation Guarantee (SG), Co-contributions and Salary Sacrifice

Below are some of our key Boost your super articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Boost your super.

The short story on super contributions limits (2015/2016)

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You can make two types of superannuation contributions – concessional and non-concessional – and each type of contribution has a separate limit. Concessional contributions Before-tax contributions, such as compulsory Superannuation Guarantee contributions, salary sacrificed contributions and … [Read more...]

Top 10 performing super funds for 2014/2015 year, and for past 10 years

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The investment performance result for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015), for the median growth superannuation fund, has delivered the sixth straight positive annual return, according to rating company, Chant West. The strong investment performance for the financial year … [Read more...]

Super funds gain 9.8% for 2014/2015 financial year

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 9.8% in value for the 12 months to June 2015, according to rating company, Chant West. In terms of long-term performance this means the median growth super fund has delivered six consecutive years of positive investment returns. Performance tables are set … [Read more...]

Asset classes: Naming the investment winners for the 2014/2015 financial year

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International shares (unhedged) and Australian listed property delivered the biggest returns for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015), according to rating company, Chant West. In the table appearing later in the article, Chant West lists the investment performance of 12 … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners available until 2016/2017 year

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NOTE: The Coalition government has extended the Low Income Super Contribution until the 2016/2017 year, as part of a parliamentary deal which secured passage of the repeal of the Mineral Resource Rent Tax. Under the new legislation, enacted in September 2014, the LISC is now payable for the … [Read more...]

THE SOAPBOX: Ban unhedged international shares in default investment options

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Long-term readers of this SuperGuide website may recall my strong support for hedging international investments within default investment options. Alternatively, you can see my position as strong opposition to super funds punting on currency movements when their authority is to invest in … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 24: Do I have to withdraw my super when I turn 65?

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Q: I retired, sold my large house, downgraded, invested spare money and one month after I invested, I lost $50,000 just like that. I would like to know whether I can keep my super going beyond age 65, maybe to age 67 to help recoup my losses on my outside investment? A: I’m very sorry to read … [Read more...]

What are the super and retirement rules for over-65s?

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Q: My wife (age 63) and myself (age 65) have a small business. I was told by an organisation that at 65 or over I could put money into super, pay 15% tax on the way in and then draw it out when I wished and pay no tax. In fact I have been told to pay myself $30,000 or less and source the rest of my … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

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Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years). The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

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Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. This article … [Read more...]