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.

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 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...]

Your 2014/2015 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

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Non-concessional superannuation contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. You may even hear them called ‘undeducted’ contributions. Such super contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions … [Read more...]

Super funds deliver 7.1% for year to November 2014, and 0.8% for month

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 0.8% for the month of November 2014 (following a loss of 0.6% in September, and gains of 1.2% and 1% for July and August respectively), according to rating company Chant West. For the 12 months to November 2014, the median growth fund delivered 8.7%, and … [Read more...]

Super contributions: $1 million opportunity

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Q: I am aged 54. How much can I make in super contributions without attracting penalty tax? Is it $210,000 or $215,000 or some other figure? A: Before I answer your question in detail, for the benefit of other readers I will first explain the figures you quote in your question. The general … [Read more...]

Same-sex couples: your super rights explained

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The Australian parliament has decided that it was not the right time to allow same sex couples to marry, and more recently we have elected a Prime Minister who has publicly stated that he feels uncomfortable around homosexuals. We have a new government with a leader who is personally against … [Read more...]

Why women have to save more super

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When we first launched SuperGuide nearly 6 years ago, I wrote an article explaining why tax-free super in retirement is a non-issue for most women. The reason for making this statement, and which remains valid 6 years later, was that women, on average, have such low super account balances that the … [Read more...]

Super monkeys stop women creating a financially secure retirement

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For so many women, the needs of other people usually come first — children, partner, parents, friends and even workmates. Often, for a woman to think about her own needs, she has to face a health challenge, financial stress or a relationship breakdown. Too dramatic, perhaps? I don’t think so. The … [Read more...]

Super funds deliver 8.6% for year to October 2014, and 1.2% for month

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The median superannuation growth fund gained 1.2% for the month of October 2014 (following a loss of 0.6% in September, and gains of 1.2% for July, and 1% in August), according to rating company Chant West. For the 12 months to October 2014, the media growth fund delivered 8.6%, and for the calendar … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 14: Save tax – Supply TFN to your super fund

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Here’s a tip that can potentially save you thousands of dollars. Check that your super fund has your tax file number. If you joined a super fund before July 2007, or started your current job before July 2007, then your fund may not have your TFN. Effective since 1 July 2007, when you give your … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing will not increase co-contribution entitlement

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Q: I understand salary-sacrificed super contributions must be added back in to assessable income for co-contribution purposes. Do you know anything about this? Yes, your understanding is correct. Salary sacrificed contributions count towards the co-contribution income test, and this has been the … [Read more...]