Contributions caps

Every year, you are entitled to make super contributions. If you exceed a certain amount of contributions each year however, known as the contributions cap, any contributions above that cap will be hit with penalty tax.

You have two caps – a concessional contributions cap, and a non-concessional contributions cap.


Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Contributions caps.

Does the Government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

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Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap? A: A superannuation co-contribution is a tax-free super contribution paid by … [Read more...]

Super contributions caps for the 2015/2016 year

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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...]

Nightmare on super street: Excess contributions

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Since 1 July 2013, if you exceed your concessional or non-concessional cap, the consequences are generally administrative inconvenience and a small financial charge. Before July 2013 (and this still applies for the financial years before July 2013), the consequences of exceeding one or both caps … [Read more...]

The short story on super contributions limits (2014/2015)

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You can make two types of superannuation contributions – concessional and non-concessional – and each type of contribution has a separate limit. Concessional contributions Before-tax contributions, such as compulsory Superannuation Guarantee contributions, salary sacrificed contributions and … [Read more...]

65 and over: making super contributions

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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...]

Salary sacrificing and super: 10 facts you should know

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Salary sacrificing, 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 more than $300,000, 30% tax on super contributions) while … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps: 10 facts you should know

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We receive many questions about the concessional  contributions caps. Throughout 2014 and into 2015, SuperGuide, as always, will regularly update readers on any proposed changes to the contributions caps (and other super changes), and the implications of such changes on super strategies. The list … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 facts you should know

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I receive a lot of questions from readers seeking information about how the non-concessional (after-tax) rules work; in particular, how the bring-forward rules works. The bring-forward rule works over a 3-year period so it is very important that you keep track of the size and timing of any … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 survival guide

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Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. This article … [Read more...]

Contributions caps relate to financial years, not calendar years

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Q: I understand the three-year bring-forward rule that allows you to contribute up to $540,000 in after-tax contributions. My question is: What date does the second three-year period start? For example, if I contributed $540,000 on 28 Dec 2014, does that mean I can contribute another $540,000 after … [Read more...]