Retirement planning

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Retirement planning.

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefits are likely to be subject to tax — but not always. With the right structure, and usually with expert advice, many Australians retiring early can end up paying no tax. If you’re willing to wait until you turn 60 before you retire, you can … [Read more...]

Age Pension age increasing to 67 years (not 70 years)

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Note: This article explains the current Age Pension age. If you are seeking information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide article Accessing super: What is my preservation age? Note: If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension asset … [Read more...]

Accessing super: What is my preservation age?

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We receive hundreds of questions each year asking when you can retire under the superannuation rules, and any special conditions you need to meet before you can take your super benefits. The key concept that every Australian needs to be aware of in terms of superannuation, and accessing super … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Preservation age now 56 years (since July 2015)

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Turning 55, retiring and accessing your super is now a retirement planning strategy from the past. Since 1 July 2015, Australians turning 55 will have to wait at least another year before they can access super benefits. Anyone born on or after 1 July 1960 needs to push from their mind that the age … [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...]

Your 2015/2016 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...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls from 1 July 2015 with higher thresholds

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Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest Age Pension payment rates see SuperGuide article ‘Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply’. If you are seeking information on the changes … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2015. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules announced in … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 1 July 2015

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Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2015 until 19 September 2015. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2015 rates now apply. If you are seeking information on the  changes to … [Read more...]