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.

Super contributions: Beef up using a bring forward

Q: Under the 2-year bring-forward of non-concessional contributions, if a person makes an after-tax contribution of $180,001 when age 64 during the 2015/2016 year, can he continue to contribute the balance of the $540,000 anytime during the next 2 years without having to satisfy the work test?A: … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: 20 popular Q and As

We receive many interesting questions from readers. We believe this contact with our readers makes our SuperGuide site even more useful for readers because we enhance the SuperGuide website in response to the popularity of certain articles and topics, and in response to the types of questions that … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: Turning 50 is all about timing

Q: I was born in May 1966 (turning 50 in May 2016). Can you explain which financial year I am considered to be over 50 in relation to the special $35,000 concessional contributions cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the concessional (before-tax) contribution rules for … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 super facts you should know

I receive a lot of questions from readers seeking information about how the non-concessional (after-tax) rules work; in particular, how the bring-forward rules works. The bring-forward rule works over a 3-year period so it is very important that you keep track of the size and timing of any … [Read more...]

Contributions caps relate to financial years, not calendar years

Q: I understand the three-year bring-forward rule that allows you to contribute up to $540,000 in after-tax contributions. My question is: What date does the second three-year period start? For example, if I contributed $540,000 on 28 Dec 2015, does that mean I can contribute another $540,000 on or … [Read more...]

Help! How can we find independent financial advice?

Q: My husband and I are looking to start a SMSF. We have been able to find sources for the set up, accounting and audit of the fund and are now looking for assistance on the investment portfolio. We have a share portfolio outside super and so we have some knowledge in the area but do not feel … [Read more...]

Divorce and superannuation: Who gets what?

Q: I am at the end of a divorce/property settlement. My ex has agreed to give me my share of his super. Does this have to go into a superannuation fund or can he transfer it to me in some other way? And can you please explain how super should be treated when a divorce happens, because it has been … [Read more...]

Do you fit the latest profile of a ‘typical’ SMSF trustee?

Note: We regularly update this article with the latest data on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) issued by the Australian Taxation Office. This article contains the latest data available as at November 2015 (for data up to June 2015).The latest ATO statistics on SMSFs (representing SMSF … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

Note: This is the second article in a special two-part series that SuperGuide updates regularly, designed to help SuperGuide readers plan for retirement. This article, and the first article in the series, Super checklist: 10 ways to save your super (link also appears at the end of this article), is … [Read more...]

Does the government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap?A: A superannuation co-contribution is a super contribution paid by the … [Read more...]