How super works

This section covers the most popular questions on how superannuation works, including how to find lost super, how super works, how much money is enough, and simple step-by-step superannuation guides.


Below are some of our key How super works articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining How super works.

SMSF trustees unfairly targeted by super tax illiterates

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Some leaders in the superannuation sector and in some economic think tanks are ignorant about SMSFs, including how the super tax rules work generally. Yet we have numerous pronouncements by various individuals and organisations about SMSFs not paying tax, or SMSF trustees not having the skills to … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Taxing pension earnings, and benefits, will deliver minimal tax revenue

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Note: the Financial System Inquiry final report suggests that super pension fund earnings should be taxed, rather than continue to receive tax-exempt status. Why? So it will reduce costs for super funds, but it most certainly will increase costs for fund members, and significantly reduce retirement … [Read more...]

Guest contributor: Franked dividends are not a tax concession

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Note: Although not referenced with reviewing the tax treatment of investments, the Financial System Inquiry final report states that it does not see a strong case for retaining dividend imputation for Australian shares. In plain English, the FSI holds the view that Australian share dividends should … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing and super: 10 facts you should know

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Salary sacrificing, by making before-tax super contributions, is a popular strategy for employees on middle-to-high incomes. The deal is that you increase your superannuation balance (and pay 15% contributions tax, and for those earning more than $300,000, 30% tax on super contributions) while … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps: 10 facts you should know

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We receive many questions about the concessional  contributions caps. Throughout 2014 and into 2015, SuperGuide, as always, will regularly update readers on any proposed changes to the contributions caps (and other super changes), and the implications of such changes on super strategies. The list … [Read more...]

Financial System Inquiry: Super and retirement summary

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On 7 December 2014, the federal government released the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) Final Report, a 320-page document providing recommendations on five main themes. The FSI committee and secretariat received 6,800 submissions and held hundreds of stakeholder meetings. The FSI crew also met with … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2014/2015 year)

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Note: The co-contribution rules for the 2014/2015 year (and for the earlier 2013/2014 and 2012/2013 years) are very different from the co-contribution rules applicable for the 2011/2012 year. For your reference and convenience, we have retained the co-contribution rules for these previous years, at … [Read more...]

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...]

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements

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Note: Since 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the  2013/2014 year). The SG rate will remain at 9.5% for 7 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025. If you work as an employee, and you satisfy … [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...]