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.

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

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IMPORTANT: Since 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC need to include tax-free superannuation income when assessing CSHC eligibility. Effective from September 2014, the government indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC. The income test thresholds will be now indexed annually from … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminal illness

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Q: I have a terminal illness. Can I access my super benefits? A: I’m sorry to read about your illness. The superannuation rules do recognise that super benefits can be accessed early under such devastating circumstances. For your information, ‘terminal illness’ for the purposes of accessing … [Read more...]

Does the Government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

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Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap? A: A superannuation co-contribution is a tax-free super contribution paid by … [Read more...]

Super contributions: How much co-contribution will I get?

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Q: Where do I go to find a calculator that helps me work out how much co-contribution I will be entitled to, and how much super I need to contribute to get that co-contribution? I am also looking for something that shows the sliding scale for different income levels and different super … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

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Q: I am earning a salary of $200,000 plus super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be for … [Read more...]

Upper limit on SG contributions (for 2015/2016 year, and for 2014/2015 year)

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Note: This article explains the maximum superannuation contribution base for the 2015/2016 year, for the 2014/2015 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...]

65 and over: making super contributions

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Q: From reading SuperGuide articles, I can see that for people between 50 and 74 years, the concessional contribution cap is $35,000 a year, and that for non-concessional contribution, the cap is $180,000. Is this $180,000 cap for NON-concessional contribution the same regardless of the age of the … [Read more...]

What are the super and retirement rules for over-65s?

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Q: My wife (age 63) and myself (age 65) have a small business. I was told by an organisation that at 65 or over I could put money into super, pay 15% tax on the way in and then draw it out when I wished and pay no tax. In fact I have been told to pay myself $30,000 or less and source the rest of my … [Read more...]