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.

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...]

Guest contributor: Franked dividends are not a tax concession

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Note: The 2015 Tax Discussion Paper, released in March 2015, has questioned the merits of franking credits for Australian dividends. Further, although not referenced with reviewing the tax treatment of investments, the Financial System Inquiry final report also questioned the imputation system, … [Read more...]

Nightmare on super street: Excess contributions

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Since 1 July 2013, if you exceed your concessional or non-concessional cap, the consequences are generally administrative inconvenience and a small financial charge. Before July 2013 (and this still applies for the financial years before July 2013), the consequences of exceeding one or both caps … [Read more...]

No tax in retirement because you SAPTO (updated rates)

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This article is updated annually with new rates, or periodically to highlight changes (if any) to the Seniors & Pensioners Tax Offset (SAPTO) rules. This article includes SAPTO rates for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, and 2012/2013 years, and SATO rates for the 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2009/2010 and … [Read more...]

Australian income tax rates for the 2014/2015 year (and for 2013/2014 year)

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Note: For your convenience we have included the latest income tax rates, and also the income tax rates for the three previous financial years. The tax rates applicable for the 2014/2015 year and future years are set out in the tables below. We have also included the tax rates for the 2013/2014, … [Read more...]

For over-65s: Ten super tips when making contributions

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You can make voluntary superannuation contributions up to the age of 74 (that is, before you turn 75), and these can be concessional (before-tax) or non-concessional (after-tax) contributions. If you’re aged 65 or over, then you must satisfy a work test, if you intend to make super contributions. … [Read more...]

65 and over: making super contributions

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Q: From reading SuperGuide articles, I can see that for people between 50 and 74 years, the concessional contribution cap is $35,000 a year, and that for non-concessional contribution, the cap is $180,000. Is this $180,000 cap for NON-concessional contribution the same regardless of the age of the … [Read more...]

What are the super and retirement rules for over-65s?

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Q: My wife (age 63) and myself (age 65) have a small business. I was told by an organisation that at 65 or over I could put money into super, pay 15% tax on the way in and then draw it out when I wished and pay no tax. In fact I have been told to pay myself $30,000 or less and source the rest of my … [Read more...]

Superannuation missing from the IGR’s ageing narrative

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The 2015 Intergenerational Report makes it clear that Australia will have an ageing population by 2055 and the undeniable fact that we are living longer. Life expectancy will, by 2055, be well into the 90s. It is also predicted that the participation rates of people aged 65 and over will increase … [Read more...]

Hockey looks to elderly for Australian prosperity

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By mid-century, Australia will have about 40,000 people aged 100 and above – well more than 300 times the 122 centenarians there were in 1975, according to the Intergenerational Report (IGR) released on Thursday. The nation is expected to have 39.7 million people in 2055. Male life expectancy … [Read more...]