Super Guide for your 20s 30s and 40s

If you are under the age of 50, you are subject to a lower contributions cap when making concessional (before-tax) contributions. In addition, anyone under the age of 50 cannot access super benefits except in limited special circumstances, such as, suffering severe financial hardship or permanent disability.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 20s 30s and 40s.

THE SOAPBOX: Ban unhedged international shares in default investment options

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Long-term readers of this SuperGuide website may recall my strong support for hedging international investments within default investment options. Alternatively, you can see my position as strong opposition to super funds punting on currency movements when their authority is to invest in … [Read more...]

Unrestricted access to super, sometimes

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Q: I have been part of a super fund from about 1993. I see from your 14 legal reasons to cash your super article, that I may be able to access my restricted benefit. You write: “If you’ve been a member of a super fund since before 1 July 1999, you can cash your ‘restricted non-preserved benefit’ … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

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Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed? A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Turning 55 (or 56) is not enough

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Q: I am 50 years old, born September 1964. I thought I could access my super funds from age 55 but I have been told I can’t access my funds until age 60. Is this correct? And, when I withdraw my super benefits, is there any tax payable? A: The general rule is that you must have reached your … [Read more...]

Accessing super: What is my preservation age?

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We receive hundreds of questions each year asking when you can retire under the superannuation rules, and any special conditions you need to meet before you can take your super benefits. The key concept that every Australian needs to be aware of in terms of superannuation, and accessing super … [Read more...]

Accessing super: Preservation age now 56 years (since July 2015)

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Turning 55, retiring and accessing your super is now a retirement planning strategy from the past. Since 1 July 2015, Australians turning 55 will have to wait at least another year before they can access super benefits. Anyone born on or after 1 July 1960 needs to push from their mind that the age … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

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Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years). The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

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Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. This article … [Read more...]

Your 2015/2016 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

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Non-concessional superannuation contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. You may even hear them called ‘undeducted’ contributions. Such super contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap remains at $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year, and also applies for the 2014/2015 year). The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If … [Read more...]