Super Guide for your 70s and over

When you turn 70, your employer is still required to make compulsory Superannuation Guarantee contributions to your super account, although from the age of 75 you will not be able to make voluntary personal super contributions.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for your 70s and over.

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

IMPORTANT: Effective since 20 September 2015, the government again indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC (see this article for latest thresholds). The next indexation of the CSHC income thresholds takes place on 20 September 2016. Note that since 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC … [Read more...]

Age Pension: September 2015 rates now apply (until March 2016)

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

Age Pension: Does my superannuation lump sum count for income test?

Q: I’m over 65 and a member of a super fund, from which I receive an account-based pension. I need to withdraw a lump sum of $40,000 from my super, as my super is not enough to live on. I will have to apply for a part pension (Age) from Centrelink. Will my lump sum be counted as income in the … [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...]

Super for beginners, part 25: Is super worthwhile if I’m earning less than $37,000?

Q: Great site! Lots of excellent information. I now work part-time, earning just under $37,000, and wondered whether I should bother with super. I am pretty sure I will get the Age Pension, and based on my income I reckon I would be better to save outside super and pay less tax, rather than have my … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

Non-concessional contributions: Tread carefully when aged 63 or 64 or 65 (3 Q & As)

Q: I am 64 and want to take advantage of the bring-forward rules when making non-concessional contributions. I turn 65 sometime during the 2015/2016 financial year. There is a possibility that I will be able to dispose of a property during the financial years 2015/2016 or 2016/2017. My three related … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: Aged 65 years or older

Q: From reading SuperGuide articles, I can see that for people between 50 and 74 years, the concessional contribution cap is $35,000 a year, and that for non-concessional contribution, the cap is $180,000. Is this $180,000 cap for NON-concessional contribution the same regardless of the age of the … [Read more...]