Superannuation News

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Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation News.

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments since July 2016

In March, July and September of each year, the federal government changes the rules for claiming the Age Pension… for the better! Currently, the Age Pension income test and the Age Pension assets test are adjusted three times a year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.Effective … [Read more...]

Age Pension income test: Deeming rates and deeming thresholds

Note: This article explains the latest deeming rates and the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. If you are seeking information about the latest increases in the thresholds for the Age Pension income test and Age Pension assets test see SuperGuide article Age Pension: More … [Read more...]

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The 2016 Federal Election on 2 July will decide whether the Coalition’s announced super policies will go ahead, while the ALP has been unusually silent on its proposed super policies, apart from quietly reaffirming two policies, with one measure adopted by the Coalition.The May 2016 Federal … [Read more...]

Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016)

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension rates, applicable until 19 September 2016. The Age Pension rates are indexed twice-yearly, with the next adjustment taking effect from 20 September 2016. If you are seeking information on the changes to the Age Pension assets test rules taking … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds applicable since July 2016

Note: This article explains the latest Age Pension assets thresholds, applicable from 1 July 2016. If you are seeking information on the latest Age Pension rates, see SuperGuide article Age Pension: March 2016 rates now apply (until September 2016). If you’re looking for information on the Age … [Read more...]

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2016/2017 year (and earlier years)

SUPER ALERT! On 3 May 2016, the federal government announced an IMMEDIATE cut to the non-concessional contributions cap, including a cessation of the bring-forward rule. Australians are now subject to a lifetime non-concessional cap of $500,000, rather than the annual cap of $180,000 (and the … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2016/2017 year, and for previous years)

Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2016/2017 year, for the 2015/2016 year, and for previous years.The maximum superannuation contribution base is used to determine the maximum Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contribution that an employer is required to … [Read more...]

Unhappy with super or Age Pension changes? Email a Liberal MP, or a Labor MP!

A lot of Australians are extremely unhappy with what the Coalition has planned for the superannuation system and the Age Pension rules. We have been inundated with lively comments and serious questions about the Coalition’s proposed superannuation changes, and the government’s recent changes to the … [Read more...]

SMSF borrowing: Fix related party LRBAs by 31 January 2017, or risk 47% tax

Note: This article deals specifically with SMSF limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) financed by related parties, rather than financial organisations. For fixing related party LRBAs, the ATO has extended the final date to 31 January 2017 (previously 30 June 2016). If you’re seeking … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances, if win election

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...]