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.

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

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Note: This article is the second in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers more easily access the hundreds of questions and articles that we have published on the SuperGuide website. This article, ’Super checklist: 10 more ways to boost your … [Read more...]

Retirement: 3 ways of taking super benefits before the age of 60

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When you retire early, you’re going to have to make a few decisions. The tax implications of your retiring before the age of 60 can depend on whether you take your super as a lump sum and/or income stream. Are you taking your super as a lump sum, an income stream or a combination of … [Read more...]

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...]

Super for beginners, part 15: Super tax – as easy as 1-2-3

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Superannuation only exists because of how super savings are taxed. Superannuation savings receive tax incentives to encourage Australians to choose super as a retirement savings option. Even so, superannuation is still taxed (for most Australians) at a lower rate of tax than non-superannuation … [Read more...]

Pension earnings remain tax-free after death

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Regulations took effect from 1 July 2012 (although registered in June 2013) confirming that pension earnings remain tax exempt upon the death of a fund member receiving a super pension, even when there is no reversionary pension (that is, the pension of the deceased fund member does not … [Read more...]

Death benefits: Is a binding DBN different from a reversionary pension?

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Q: What is the difference between a binding death benefit nomination and a reversionary pension? Should a retail fund offer a reversionary pension option? The forms for my fund only mention binding death nominations. The terminology surrounding superannuation death can be confusing and … [Read more...]

Women and super: A worry-free financial future in 6 steps

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Before I wrote Super Freedom, I had often discussed the need for a practical non-technical book for women on superannuation. The first question I was asked when I told some female friends that I was writing a book for women on superannuation and retirement was: ‘Why does there need to be a book on … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]