Low Income Tax Offset (LITO)

LITO stands for the Low Income Tax Offset – A tax offset available to all taxpayers on lower incomes.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Low Income Tax Offset (LITO).

Australian income tax rates for the 2014/2015 year, (and for 2013/2014 year)

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Note: For your convenience we have included the latest income tax rates, and also the income tax rates for the three previous financial years. The tax rates applicable for the 2014/2015 year and future years are set out in the tables below. We have also included the tax rates for the 2013/2014, … [Read more...]

No tax in retirement because you SAPTO (updated figures)

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This article is updated annually with new rates, or periodically to highlight changes (if any) to the Senior Australians & Pensioners Tax Offset (SAPTO) rules. This article includes SATO rates for the 2013/2014, 2012/2013, 2011/2012, 2010/2011, 2009/2010 and 2008/2009 years. Since 1 July 2012, … [Read more...]

Say goodbye to 2015/2016 income tax cuts

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Due to a budget blowout caused by “an over-hang from the global financial crisis and strong Australian dollar”, the federal government has informally announced (drip fed via a series of casual comments in various interviews) that the income tax cuts, that were to take effect from 1 July 2015, are no … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 3: Why aren’t my super contributions tax-free?

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Q: I checked my statement and I put an extra $10 per week into my super and each time an amount is put in, it has been taxed. Is this right? I thought that my contributions were tax-free? A: I’m not certain if you’re asking: whether you pay any tax at all when you use your income to make … [Read more...]

Federal Budget May 2012: At a super glance

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On 8 May 2012, Federal Treasurer Mr Wayne Swan released the 2012/2013 Federal Budget promising to deliver a $1.5 billion surplus. Mr Swan announced the following superannuation-related changes: Super contributions surcharge for high-income earners. Doubling of the contributions tax to 30% … [Read more...]

Is super tax effective for those earning less than $37,000?

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Q: Great site! Lots of excellent information. However, I am not sure I agree with your comment "... if you earn less than $37,000 in a year (for the 2010/11 year), you have no real income tax advantages when investing via a superannuation fund." The tax payable on $37,000 (incl Medicare and low … [Read more...]

SATO: Cutting seniors tax via super contributions no longer possible

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Q: I am attempting to work out when the 30% tax rate applies to both my wife and my own incomes for the 2010/2011 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 30% tax rate … [Read more...]