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.

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefit payments 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 … [Read more...]

Tax-free super for over-60s, except for some

If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay NO tax on those super benefit payment, unless you are a member of certain public sector super funds (see summary table at the end of this article).Due to the large number of emails I receive on this topic, … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberals/NP) government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). Subject to legislation, the removal of the tax exemption on fund … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

Temporary Budget Repair Levy: More income tax for high-income earners until June 2017

Note: Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily increase the marginal tax rate by 2 percentage points for those Australians earning more than $180,000. The higher tax rate became law, and applies from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017 (3 financial … [Read more...]

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017.From 1 July 2017, subject to legislation, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s lifetime superannuation contributions tax payments … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances

Note: The proposed policy will apply to both existing and new pension accounts from 1 July 2017, which means the policy will apply retrospectively. Based on federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s comments after announcing the 2016 Federal Budget, he claims this policy is not retrospective, that is, it … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners to extend beyond June 2017

In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget release on 3 May 2016, the Coalition government announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry date of June 2017. The only change is that it will be renamed as the Low Income Superannuation Tax … [Read more...]

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

SUPER ALERT! In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget announcement on 3 May 2016, and confirmed with the re-election of the Coalition government in July 2016, the Coalition government has announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry … [Read more...]

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