Superannuation Q and As

Trish Power (author of Superannuation for Dummies and DIY Super for Dummies) answers readers’ questions on super.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Q and As.

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

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Generally speaking, you can make two types of super contributions: non-concessional (after-tax) contributions and concessional (before-tax) contributions. Concessional contributions can also include tax-deductible super contributions, where an individual claims a deduction. For the 2014/2015 … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: What form do I use to claim a tax deduction?

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Q: I want to make a tax-deductible super contribution to my SMSF. I am trying to find the official form for claiming this type of deduction. Could you lead me to a link where I could find a generic S290-170 notice of intent to deduct? A: You can download the ‘Notice of intent to claim or vary a … [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...]

Super contributions: $1 million opportunity

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Q: I am aged 54. How much can I make in super contributions without attracting penalty tax? Is it $210,000 or $215,000 or some other figure? A: Before I answer your question in detail, for the benefit of other readers I will first explain the figures you quote in your question. The general … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

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IMPORTANT: The government has indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC, effective from September 2014. The income test thresholds will be now indexed annually from September of each year. WARNING: From 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC will need to include tax-free superannuation … [Read more...]

Salary sacrificing will not increase co-contribution entitlement

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Q: I understand salary-sacrificed super contributions must be added back in to assessable income for co-contribution purposes. Do you know anything about this? Yes, your understanding is correct. Salary sacrificed contributions count towards the co-contribution income test, and this has been the … [Read more...]

SMSFs: What is the proportioning rule?

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Q: I have come across a statement which refers to a proportioning rule. Could you please explain to me exactly what the proportioning rule is, who it applies to and when it applies, and how you do the calculations for a SMSF? The short answer is: the proportioning rule is a mechanism to calculate … [Read more...]

I’m retired. Can I make super contributions?

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Q: If I have retired from work and later on inherit a reasonable sum of cash, can I make a non-concessional contribution into my superannuation fund? OR is that only permitted while I am working, regardless of my age? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the meaning of a … [Read more...]

How can a SMSF live forever?

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Q: It has been suggested, that a family self-managed super fund (SMSF) can become a multi-generational tax haven, which can go on into perpetuity, provided that you establish a special corporate trustee, as well as an SMSF Will. I thought that the super money could not remain in the fund … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls again with lower rates and higher thresholds

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If you own financial investments and receive the Age Pension, or you hope to claim the Age Pension, then you need to be aware of a recent change to the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test, and another relatively recent change to the deeming rates applicable to financial investments. … [Read more...]