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.

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...]

The short story on super contributions limits (2016/2017 year)

You can make two types of superannuation contributions – concessional (before-tax) contributions and non-concessional (after-tax) contributions – and each type of contribution has a separate limit. Concessional contributions Before-tax contributions, such as compulsory Superannuation Guarantee … [Read more...]

Does shift work count for SG entitlements and income protection insurance?

Q: I’m a shift worker and have a question about whether my ‘Super fund salary’ figure which my employer gives to my super fund should include both my base and shift loading salary. At the moment it only includes my base even though my employer does pay super for both my base and shift loading. What … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing and super: 10 facts you should know

Salary sacrificing superannuation, 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 an adjusted taxable income of more than … [Read more...]

Tax-deductible super contributions: Meeting the 10% income test

Q: I work for myself but I also have a part-time job. I have been told that even though I receive SG from my part-time employer, I can also make tax-deductible super contributions. Is that true? And if it is true, how does it work?Individuals who are self-employed, or who are not employed, are … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps: 10 facts you should know

We receive many questions about the concessional contributions caps. Throughout 2016 and into 2017, SuperGuide, as always, will regularly update readers on any proposed changes to the contributions caps (and other super changes), and the implications of such changes on super strategies.The list … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee rate 9.5% for 2016/2017 year, and for 2017/2018 year

The Superannuation Guarantee rate remains at 9.5% for the 2016/2017 financial year, and again remains at 9.5% for the 2017/2018 financial year. The Superannuation Guarantee rate first increased to 9.5% from 1 July 2014 (the 2014/2015 year), and remained at 9.5% for the 2015/2016 year.Based on … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Many Aussies miss out on SG increase

Now that we are well into the third financial year of a higher Superannuation Guarantee rate of 9.5%, you can expect some difficult conversations between employers and employees in coming months as some salaried employees discover that the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) increase of 0.25%, which took … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements

Note: The Superannuation Guarantee rate for the 2016/2017 year is 9.5% (from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017). Effective since 1 July 2014, the SG rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the 2013/2014 year). The SG rate will now remain at 9.5% from 1 July 2014 through to 30 June 2021, … [Read more...]

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

Note: From 1 July 2017, the Coalition government intends to allow all individuals under the age of 75 to claim tax deductions for persona super contributions, subject to the concessional contributions cap, and taking account of previously-made super contributions for a financial year. Such a measure … [Read more...]