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.

Superannuation Guarantee increased to 9.5% for 2014/2015 year, then stalls for 7 years

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From 1 July 2014, the Superannuation Guarantee rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applies for the 2013/2014 year). Based on new laws, the SG rate will remain at 9.5% for 7 years, increasing to 10% from July 2021, and eventually to 12% from July 2025 (see table below). Superannuation … [Read more...]

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

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NOTE: The Low Income Super Contribution for low-income earners is available until the 2016/2017 financial year (until 30 June 2017). Originally, the Coalition government planned to repeal the LISC after one year of operation, that is, it was expected to only apply for the 2012/103 year. Due to … [Read more...]

Divorce and superannuation: Who gets what?

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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...]

SMSF investment: Franked dividends lose some shine from 1 July 2015

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The Liberal government has committed to reducing company tax to 28.5%, effective from 1 July 2015 (subject to legislation). If the company tax rate drops to 28.5%, so does the level of franking credits linked to Australian company dividends. The policy to cut company tax was originally linked to … [Read more...]

Age Pension age increasing to 70 years (updated table)

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Note: This article (including table) explains the Age Pension eligibility age, which jumps by 5 years for younger Australians, subject to legislation. If you are seeking information on the retirement age for accessing superannuation benefits see SuperGuide article Accessing super: What is my … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: 14 legal reasons to cash your super

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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 when suffer redundancy, illness or other forms of misfortune. We receive hundreds of emails from … [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 super 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 benefits, is … [Read more...]

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