Super and tax

Find out how your superannuation is taxed including what happens if you retire before the age of 60, the tax-free benefits on or after the age of 60, how the earnings on your super savings are taxed, how your super contributions are taxed, and the tax implications of leaving your super benefits to family or friends when you die.

You can also learn some of the popular tax-effective super strategies, including how the super tax rules affect SMSFs.


Below are some of our key Super and tax articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super and tax.

2015 Federal Budget summary: No new taxes on super but bumpy ride for retirees

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On 12 May 2015, the federal treasurer Joe Hockey released the second federal budget of his career. While last year’s budget was fire and brimstone and targeted ‘leaners’ (who Hockey blamed for the state of Australia’s finances, when he was not blaming the former ALP government), Hockey’s launch of … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminal illness

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Q: I have a terminal illness. Can I access my super benefits? A: I’m sorry to read about your illness. The superannuation rules do recognise that super benefits can be accessed early under such devastating circumstances. For your information, ‘terminal illness’ for the purposes of accessing … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminally ill receive tax break

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Individuals with a terminal medical condition are able to access their super lump sum payments tax-free, regardless of age. A super fund can release super benefits to a member if they have a terminal medical condition. According to the legislation, a terminal medical condition exists if two … [Read more...]

Does the Government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

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Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap? A: A superannuation co-contribution is a tax-free super contribution paid by … [Read more...]

ALP policy hits super contributions and pension earnings

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Note: If you are retiring with $500,000 (or even less) in a super pension, you could potentially be hit with the ALP’s proposed new tax on pension earnings. On 22 April 2015, the leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten announced the ALP’s superannuation election policy. If the ALP wins government, … [Read more...]

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2015/2016 year (and 2014/2015 year)

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Note: This article lists the latest superannuation rates and thresholds for the 2015/2016 year, and for the 2014/2015 year, and also for earlier financial years. One of the most searched-for superannuation thresholds is the concessional contributions cap for the latest financial year. For the … [Read more...]

Super contributions: How much co-contribution will I get?

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Q: Where do I go to find a calculator that helps me work out how much co-contribution I will be entitled to, and how much super I need to contribute to get that co-contribution? I am also looking for something that shows the sliding scale for different income levels and different super … [Read more...]

Super contributions caps for the 2015/2016 year

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The superannuation contributions caps for concessional (before tax) and non-concessional (after tax) contributions will not increase for the 2015/2016 year. The contributions caps applicable for the 2015/2016 year, will be the same limits in place for the 2014/2015 year. Concessional … [Read more...]

Super Guide to the 2015 Tax Discussion Paper

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Note: The federal government is now accepting submissions from the public in response to its 2015 Tax Discussion Paper. I strongly encourage you to make a submission if you want your views heard, and your concerns taken into account in any future tax reforms. Submissions must be in by Monday 1 June … [Read more...]