Super Guide for your 60s

If you are under the age of 65, you can make superannuation contributions whether you are working or not. If you're planning to make non-concessional (after-tax) contributions, special rules apply if you are aged 63 or 64.

If you're in your 60s, milestone ages to consider include 60 (tax-free super), and turning 65 (work test for making contributions, unlimited access to super benefits, pension payment factors).

When you turn 65, the rules for accessing super are relaxed. The rules for making super contributions however, become stricter. If you’re 65-plus, you must satisfy a work test if you want to make super contributions.

When you turn 70, your employer no longer has to make Superannuation Guarantee contributions on your behalf (although this rule is set to change from July 2013).

When you turn 75, you can no longer make super contributions. When taking a pension, different pension payment factors apply depending on your age.

Note that the Age Pension age is currently 65 but gradually increasing to age 67.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 60s.

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2016/2017 year)

Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2016/2017 year (and later in the article, also for the 2015/2016, 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 … [Read more...]

Super concessional (before-tax) contributions: 2016/2017 survival guide

Note: The concessional contributions caps for the 2016/2017 financial year are not affected by the 2016 Federal Budget announcement to reduce the size of the annual concessional cap from 1 July 2017. For information about the proposed, lower concessional cap of $25,000 for all age groups, effective … [Read more...]

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

SUPER ALERT! On 3 May 2016, the federal government announced an IMMEDIATE cut to the non-concessional contributions cap, including a cessation of the bring-forward rule (explained later in the article). Although this change has immediate effect, from 3 May 2016 (7.30pm), it is still subject to … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016)

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2016. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2016. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules taking … [Read more...]

Capital gains: Reducing tax via super contributions

Q: I have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) and I also have two investment properties in my personal name. When I sell the properties, I will be required to pay capital gains tax. Can this capital gains tax be offset by a contribution to the SMSF which would be tax-deductible? Would there be a 15% … [Read more...]

Know your super limits: Reducing CGT via concessional contributions

Q: I am one of those people (and my wife) who made the decision years ago to invest in property rather than super. Now at 60, (wife 57) I am retired and live off my property investments. I would like to get rid of the properties at about age 65. Mainly because of the worry, and maintenance upkeep, … [Read more...]

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

Note: From 1 July 2017, the Coalition, if it wins the 2016 Federal Election, intends to allow all individuals under the age of 75 to claim tax deductions for personal super contributions, subject to the concessional contributions cap, and taking account of previously-made super contributions for a … [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...]