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.

Double contributions tax for high-income earners

Note: Currently, anyone earning an adjusted taxable income of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on super contributions. The ALP has announced a policy to bring the income thresholds down to $250,000. The rumour is that the Coalition plans to reduce the income threshold to … [Read more...]

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...]

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Warning: Government super website is incorrect and out-of-date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

SAPTO: Cutting seniors tax via super contributions not possible

Q: I am attempting to work out when the 32.5% tax rate applies to both my wife and my own incomes for the 2015/2016 year. We are both 67 and operate a SMSF to which we can make concessional contributions, and I would like to reduce personal income to the point below which 32.5% tax rate … [Read more...]

Super alert: Have you counted your super contributions lately?

Note: This article outlines the super contribution rules, and also provides a list of helpful articles that explain how the two types of contributions caps work, and the general contribution rules.You can make two types of super contributions: concessional (before-tax) contributions and … [Read more...]

Excess contributions: Happy ending to a super horror story

Note: This article contains good news for those worried about exceeding the super contributions caps. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past. This article also explains the unfair rules that used to be in place before July 2013.You can make two types of super … [Read more...]

Excess contributions tax: The most ridiculous super policy ever?

Note: This article outlines the disastrous outcomes that can result when a tax policy is not properly considered, and not properly implemented. The excess contributions rules are now a lot fairer than in the past, and a lot fairer than what is discussed in this article. For the latest excess … [Read more...]

Excess contributions: What happens if I receive an ATO assessment?

The type of assessment and documents that the ATO sends you will depend on whether you exceed your concessional (before-tax) contributions cap, or whether you exceed your non-concessional (after-tax) contributions cap.Continue reading to discover what you can expect after receiving an ATO … [Read more...]