Super and tax

Find out how your superannuation is taxed including what happens if you retire before the age of 60 – tax, 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.

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

NOTE: The Low Income Super Contribution for low-income earners is available until the 2016/2017 financial year (until 30 June 2017). Originally, the Coalition government planned to repeal the LISC after one year of operation, that is, it was expected to only apply for the 2012/2013 year. Due to … [Read more...]

Estate planning: Beware the dastardly death tax

Although superannuation death benefits are tax-free when paid to individuals considered ‘dependants under the tax laws’, a ‘death tax’ continues to apply when super monies are paid to individuals considered ‘non-dependants under the tax laws’.Any of your children aged 18 or over, who can’t prove … [Read more...]

Life insurance: One in five parents will die early, or be too sick to work

On average, Australians enjoy long lives but the flipside of that equation is that some people die young, and many of those who die young are parents.One in five parents will become too sick or injured to work, or will die before retirement age, according to a disturbing report released during … [Read more...]

SMSFs: If I die young, will my wife pay super tax on the life insurance payout?

Q: I have a life insurance policy owned by my SMSF worth approximately $2 million. Currently there is only about $80,000 accumulated in the fund. I am 40 years old. If I die tomorrow is my wife able access an income stream from the fund tax-free? For instance, upon my death if this $2 million was … [Read more...]

SMSFs: Can I transfer my life insurance to my DIY super fund?

Q: I have searched the ATO site to determine if we can have our SMSF pay life insurance for members. I am unable to find whether these things are arm’s length in regard to existing policies or not. There seems no writing to assist with a transition of these items into the fund and then the fund … [Read more...]

Life insurance and super: 10 things you should know

One of the better deals in superannuation has only a slight connection to your life in retirement. Life insurance cover within super funds rarely makes the headlines but for many Australians they are getting cost-effective cover from their super funds.Life insurance is insurance that pays out in … [Read more...]

No tax in retirement because you SAPTO (updated rates)

This article is updated annually with new rates, or updated periodically to highlight changes (if any) to the Seniors & Pensioners Tax Offset (SAPTO) rules. This article includes SAPTO rates for the 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, and 2012/2013 years, and SATO rates for the 2011/2012, … [Read more...]

No income tax cuts for 2015/2016 year

Way back in 2011, the former ALP government announced income tax cuts that took effect from July 2012. At the same time, they also announced further income tax cuts that were planned from 1 July 2015 (for the 2015/2016 year onwards).During 2013 however, the former ALP federal government … [Read more...]

Super for Beginners (25 Q&As)

One of SuperGuide’s more popular initiatives has been the development of a ‘Super for Beginners’ section that answers some of the many questions that we receive from those readers who are new to superannuation and new to super’s terminology.The series currently consists of several lead articles, … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 25: Is super worthwhile if I’m earning less than $37,000?

Q: Great site! Lots of excellent information. I now work part-time, earning just under $37,000, and wondered whether I should bother with super. I am pretty sure I will get the Age Pension, and based on my income I reckon I would be better to save outside super and pay less tax, rather than have my … [Read more...]