Superannuation News

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MySuper: 118 super funds now available   Super Guide

Since 1 July 2013, super funds have been able to offer a new superannuation product called MySuper. A MySuper product has a single diversified investment option, a minimum amount of life insurance cover, and standardised disclosure of fees.

Superannuation rates and thresholds for 2014/2015 year   Super Guide

For the 2013/2014 year, the concessional contributions caps for over-60s has jumped to $35,000, while the concessional cap for everyone else remains at $25,000.

Temporary concessional contributions cap expanded to 50 somethings from July 2014   Super Guide

In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s which has been expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014.

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over 50s from July 2014   Super Guide

Q: Do you need to be 60 at July 1 or could you turn 60 any time in 2013/2014 to take advantage of the new $35,000 cap?

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds rise 1 July 2014   Super Guide

An eligible individual must satisfy the Age Pension income test, and the Age Pension assets test to receive a full, or part, Age Pension.

Age Pension: More Australians entitled to payments from July 2014   Super Guide

In March, July and September of each year, the Federal Government changes the rules for claiming the Age Pension… for the better!

SG now paid for over 70s (since July 2013)   Super Guide

Since 1 July 2013, eligible employees who are 70 years or older have received Superannuation Guarantee (SG) payments from employers. The previous SG rules stopped SG entitlements when an employee turned 70 years of age.

New penalties for SMSF trustees from July 2014   Super Guide

From July 2014, SMSF trustees can be subject to a suite of penalties, if they fail to properly adhere to the super rules.

Age Pension Bonus: Hurry! Last chance to register   Super Guide

Hurry, hurry! Deadline approaching! If you’re still working and you were aged 65 or over (or 63.5 or over if you’re a female) before 20 September 2009, then you need to read this article, and the Q and As following this article.

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2014/2015 and previous years)   Super Guide

This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2014/2015 year, 2013/2014 year and previous years.