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.

Making super contributions: 20 popular Q and As

We receive many interesting questions from readers. We believe this contact with our readers makes our SuperGuide site even more useful for readers because we enhance the SuperGuide website in response to the popularity of certain articles and topics, and in response to the types of questions that … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: Turning 50 is all about timing

Q: I was born in May 1966 (turning 50 in May 2016). Can you explain which financial year I am considered to be over 50 in relation to the special $35,000 concessional contributions cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the concessional (before-tax) contribution rules for … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing will not increase co-contribution entitlement

Q: I understand salary-sacrificed super contributions must be added back in to assessable income for co-contribution purposes. Do you know anything about this?Yes, your understanding is correct. Salary sacrificed contributions count towards the co-contribution income test, and this has been the … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps

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 2015/2016 year?A: ‘Yes’ is the answer to the … [Read more...]

SMSF trustees: Is your super fund ready for SuperStream?

If your SMSF receives super contributions from an employer, or employers, on behalf of SMSF members, then your self-managed super fund should be SuperStream-ready… yesterday!If you have just set up your SMSF and seeking information on how to make your SMSF SuperStream-ready, continue reading, … [Read more...]

Retirement: choosing the right super strategies for your age

A superannuation fund is an investment vehicle, rather than an investment. Many fund members, journalists and even investment analysts are confused about this distinction. For example, asking whether property or super is the better investment is the wrong question. The right question to ask, is … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Many Aussies miss out on SG increase

Now that we are well into the second financial year of a higher Superannuation Guarantee rate of 9.5%, you can expect some difficult conversations between employers and employees in coming months as some salaried employees discover that the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) increase of 0.25%, which took … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: 10 facts about your SG entitlements

Note: The Superannuation Guarantee rate for the 2015/2016 year is 9.5% (from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016). Effective since 1 July 2014, the SG rate increased to 9.5% (from the 9.25% that applied for the 2013/2014 year). The SG rate will now remain at 9.5% for another 6 years, increasing to 10% from … [Read more...]

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

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 2012/2013 year. Due to … [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...]