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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.

After-tax super contributions: Beef up using a bring forward

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual … [Read more...]

Non-concessional contributions: Tread carefully when aged 63 or 64 or 65 (3 Q & As)

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

Super contributions: Turning 65 part-way through the year

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: Aged 65 years or older

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...]

Super contributions beyond the age of 75

Q: If employers must now make Superannuation Guarantee contributions for over-70s, does this mean that additional concessional or non-concessional contributions can also be made by those aged over 75?A: The short answer is ‘no’. Although employers are now required to make SG contributions for … [Read more...]

Over-65s work test: How does it operate again?

Does 40 hours in any 30-day period include weekends or is it 6 x 5-day weeks? I read in a bank’s booklet on superannuation that it must be “at least 40 hours in a period of not more than 30 consecutive days during the financial year ….”. This seems to imply working beyond 30 days is not permitted. … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps for 2016/2017 year

Q: Are the caps relating to ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contributions regarded as separate? Put simply, can I contribute $30,000 concessional and $540,000 non-concessional sums (a total contribution of $570,000) to my super fund for the 2016/2017 year?A: The contributions caps are … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 super facts you should know

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s

Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2016, or could you turn 50 any time in the 2016/2017 year to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap?A: For the benefit of other readers, we will first explain the background to the over-50s cap.On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced … [Read more...]

Turning 65: Maxing out the after-tax contributions cap

SUPER ALERT! On 15 September 2016, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly Dwyer issued a joint media release announcing that the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions is now scrapped as a policy and will be replaced with an annual cap … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card?

IMPORTANT: Effective since 20 September 2016, the government again indexed the income test thresholds for the CSHC (see this article for latest thresholds). The next indexation of the CSHC income thresholds takes place on 20 September 2017. Note that since 1 January 2015, new applicants for CSHC … [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...]