Concessional (before-tax) contributions

Concessional is a term used to describe favourable tax treatment. For example, earnings in superannuation funds receive concessional tax treatment. The term 'concessional contributions' means that such contributions receive special tax treatment.

Concessional contributions are before-tax contributions that can include employer contributions, contributions made under a salary sacrifice arrangement and tax-deductible contributions by an individual.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Concessional (before-tax) contributions.

Defined benefit fund members: Are we subject to contributions caps?

Q: My question is about a member’s notional superannuation account’s yearly value amounts. Are these “Notional amounts” that the (long time) employee will receive, but not yet physically accrued in their superannuation account? Are they then included in the individual’s concessional cap? If they … [Read more...]

10 super planning tips for 2015/2016 year-end

Although many people are still reeling from the unexpected superannuation announcements in the 2016 Federal Budget, it’s important to note most of the planned changes will not affect your superannuation decisions for the 2015/2016 year. The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rates remain the same, … [Read more...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners to extend beyond June 2017

In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget release on 3 May 2016, the Coalition government has announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry date of June 2017. The only change is that it will be renamed as the Low Income Superannuation … [Read more...]

Double contributions tax for more high-income earners

Note: Currently (and until 30 June 2017), anyone earning an adjusted taxable income of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on concessional (before-tax) super contributions. In April 2015, the ALP announced an election policy to bring the income thresholds down to $250,000, and on … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions cap for over-50s to be slashed from July 2017

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition government has announced it intends to scrap the over-50s concessional (before-tax) contributions cap of $35,000, and reduce the general concessional contributions cap to $25,000, from its current $30,000, taking effect from July 2017. … [Read more...]

Super contributions caps for the 2015/2016 year

The superannuation contributions caps for concessional (before tax) and non-concessional (after tax) contributions will not increase for the 2015/2016 year. The contributions caps applicable for the 2015/2016 year, will be the same limits in place for the 2014/2015 year. Concessional … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: SG and public servants

Q: I’m a member of a public sector fund, which is a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit scheme. While I pay 5% of salary towards a ‘Member Benefit’, the super fund doesn’t have a 9.5% employer contribution, as my ‘Employer Benefit’ is based on years of service and Final Average Salary. I’m … [Read more...]

Warning: Government super website is incorrect and out-of-date

Q: I have been doing some research on the maximum amount that can be salary sacrificed into super for someone over age 60, and would appreciate your comments on a government website. It says the concessional contributions cap is $50,000, and that this cap has been indexed since the 2012/2013 year, … [Read more...]

MySuper: Now at a super fund near you

If you believe the federal government’s public relations campaign, MySuper can deliver you the equivalent of nirvana in superannuation – low fees, strong investment performance, financial security and a worry-free retirement.Pardon? You haven’t seen the government’s MySuper publicity campaign? I … [Read more...]