Federal Budget and superannuation

Each May, the federal government releases the Federal Budget. The federal government reveals how it is going to spend taxpayer’s money over the following 12 months, and whether it will have any money left over. The federal government also uses the Federal Budget to make significant policy announcements about superannuation.

The 2016 Federal Budget (also known as the 2016/2017 Budget) was announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. For a summary of the superannuation changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget see SuperGuide article 2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians.

In addition to articles about super and the 2016 Federal Budget, in this section you can also find summaries and supporting articles on previous years’ Federal Budgets:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Federal Budget and superannuation.

Tax-free super for over-60s, except for some

If you withdraw your super benefits after you turn 60 years of age, you can expect to pay NO tax on those super benefit payment, unless you are a member of certain public sector super funds (see summary table at the end of this article).Due to the large number of emails I receive on this topic, … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians

Note: This article is regularly updated reflecting the latest information available on the superannuation changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget, and to become law before 1 July 2017.On 3 May 2016, the federal treasurer Scott Morrison released the first federal budget of his career, and … [Read more...]

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberals/NP) government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). Subject to legislation, the removal of the tax exemption on fund … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

Temporary Budget Repair Levy: More income tax for high-income earners until June 2017

Note: Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily increase the marginal tax rate by 2 percentage points for those Australians earning more than $180,000. The higher tax rate became law, and applies from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017 (3 financial … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps to be slashed from July 2017

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition government announced it intends to scrap the over-50s concessional (before-tax) contributions cap of $35,000 and replace it with a $25,000 cap, and reduce the general concessional contributions cap (for under-50s) to $25,000, from its … [Read more...]

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017.From 1 July 2017, subject to legislation, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s lifetime superannuation contributions tax payments … [Read more...]

Super stinker still smells: Cut to non-concessional contributions cap

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, federal treasurer Scott Morrison mucked up the retirement plans of countless Australians when he immediately cut the non-concessional (after-tax) contributions cap, taking effect from 7.30pm on 3 May 2016 (subject to legislation).Effective from … [Read more...]

Less tax, more super? A transition-to-retirement pension may no longer be the answer

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberal/Nationals) government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). The removal of the tax exemption, subject to legislation, … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances

Note: The proposed policy will apply to both existing and new pension accounts from 1 July 2017, which means the policy will apply retrospectively. Based on federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s comments after announcing the 2016 Federal Budget, he claims this policy is not retrospective, that is, it … [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 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 Tax … [Read more...]

Superannuation tax refund: 10 things you should know

SUPER ALERT! In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget announcement on 3 May 2016, and confirmed with the re-election of the Coalition government in July 2016, the Coalition government has announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry … [Read more...]