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Super Guide for your 50s

Superannuation is designed to finance your retirement so the Government has special rules about when you can access your super benefits, and the tax that applies to super benefits. Generally speaking, you cannot access super benefits before the age of 55. If you fall into one of the exceptions that enable you to access super benefits under the age of 55, then you can expect to pay a higher rate tax on those super benefits than if you waited until your turned 55, or waited until you turned 60.

If you are aged 50 or over, you are subject to a special contributions caps when making concessional (before-tax) contributions. Anyone in the 50-plus age group needs to be aware that as you get older, aged-based super rules come into effect. For example, you must satisfy a work test if you intend to make contributions after the age of 65, and you can't make any super contributions once you turn 75.

Turning 55 can be significant in the super world because it is the minimum age for accessing super benefits (assuming you have retired and born before a certain date). If you are 55-plus, you can also access your super when you haven't retired if you choose to start a transition-to-retirement-pension (TRIP). Although super benefits are not generally tax-free between the ages of 55 and 60, you can still take advantage of a tax-free threshold when taking a superannuation lump sum, and a 15% tax offset when taking a superannuation income stream (pension).

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 50s.

Super health check for beginners: 10 tips for your 2016/2017 retirement planning

Note: This article is current for the 2016/2017 financial year.Near the start of each financial year, SuperGuide publishes an updated super checklist for beginner readers. More advanced checklists will follow in coming months. Use this list as a kick-start for your 2016/2017 super resolutions. … [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...]

After-tax super contributions: Beef up using a bring forward

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: 14 legal ways to withdraw your super benefits

Many Australians are facing hard times, especially with structural change transforming our economy. The harsh reality is that mortgage repayments and everyday living expenses continue even when you suffer redundancy, illness or other forms of misfortune.We receive hundreds of emails from our 2 … [Read more...]

Super contributions caps for the 2016/2017 year

The superannuation contributions caps for concessional (before tax) and non-concessional (after tax) contributions have not increased for the 2016/2017 year. The contributions caps applicable for the 2016/2017 year, are the same limits that were in place for the 2015/2016 year. Continue reading to … [Read more...]

Temporary concessional contributions cap for over-50s, ends 30 June 2017

In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s, which was then expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014. The over-50s cap of $35,000 will no longer apply beyond the 2016/2017 year (subject to legislation).A concessional … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps for 2016/2017 year

Q: Are the caps relating to ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contributions regarded as separate? Put simply, can I contribute $30,000 concessional and $540,000 non-concessional sums (a total contribution of $570,000) to my super fund for the 2016/2017 year?A: The contributions caps are … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 super facts you should know

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s

Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2016, or could you turn 50 any time in the 2016/2017 year to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, we will first explain the background to the over-50s cap.On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced … [Read more...]

Your 2016/2017 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual $100,000 … [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...]

New income test rules mean less Age Pension

Note: This article explains the current Age Pension income test rules. (If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension asset test rules taking effect from January 2017, then see the SuperGuide article Age Pension: 300,000-plus Australians to lose entitlements from January … [Read more...]