Capital gains: Reducing tax via super contributions

Q: I have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) and I also have two investment properties in my personal name. When I sell the properties, I will be required to pay capital gains tax. Can this capital gains tax be offset by a contribution to the SMSF which would be tax-deductible? Would there be a 15% contributions tax? I am 60 years of age, but not retired.

Reducing the amount of income tax payable, including income tax payable on net capital gains, by making concessional (tax-deductible or salary sacrificed) super contributions remains a popular strategy.

Concessional contributions will be subject to 15 per cent tax when entering the fund. Note that the annual limit for concessional contributions is $35,000 for anyone aged 50 (that is 49 years or over on 30 June 2015) for the 2015/2016 year. The concessional contributions cap is $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year) for anyone under 50 years of age (that is 48 years or younger on 30 June 2015).

Note: A self-employed or non-employed individual can only claim deductions for super contributions against assessable income, such as salary, investment income and capital gains. For employees, entering a salary sacrifice arrangement (making before-tax contributions to a super fund pursuant to an arrangement with an employer) is another popular strategy used to reduce an individual’s taxable income. Superannuation Guarantee contributions are treated as concessional contributions.

For more information on making concessional contributions, including tax-deductible super contributions, see the following SuperGuide articles:


  1. I have two investment properties I propose to sell in near future (after I retire) – my question is how can I mimimise the capital gains tax I have to pay ?

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