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.

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...]

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...]

Capital gains: Reducing tax via super contributions

Q: I have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) and I also have two investment properties in my personal name. When I sell the properties, I will be required to pay capital gains tax. Can this capital gains tax be offset by a contribution to the SMSF which would be tax-deductible? Would there be a 15% … [Read more...]

Know your super limits: Reducing CGT via concessional contributions

Q: I am one of those people (and my wife) who made the decision years ago to invest in property rather than super. Now at 60, (wife 57) I am retired and live off my property investments. I would like to get rid of the properties at about age 65. Mainly because of the worry, and maintenance upkeep, … [Read more...]

Tax-deductible super contributions: Claim no more than your income

Q: If I make a personal concessional payment of $30,000 (tax-deductible) into my super fund and my personal taxable income for 2015/2016 is $20,000, are there possible tax penalties because I’m claiming $10,000 more than my taxable income?I suggest you chat to a registered tax agent, typically … [Read more...]

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

Note: From 1 July 2017, the Coalition, if it wins the 2016 Federal Election, intends to allow all individuals under the age of 75 to claim tax deductions for personal super contributions, subject to the concessional contributions cap, and taking account of previously-made super contributions for a … [Read more...]

Contributing to your spouse’s super account

Q: I’m fully employed while my wife has not been working for 18 months, and she is unlikely to return to work before the end of next financial year. My question concerns maximising tax strategies for this year. Can I contribute on her behalf in after-tax dollars funds into her super fund, and claim … [Read more...]

Tax-deductible super contributions: Meeting the 10% income test

Q: I work for myself but I also have a part-time job. I have been told that even though I receive SG from my part-time employer, I can also make tax-deductible super contributions. Is that true? And if it is true, how does it work?Individuals who are self-employed, or who are not employed, are … [Read more...]

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

Q: I want to make a tax-deductible super contribution to my super fund, in this case a SMSF, although I also have a super account with an industry fund. 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 … [Read more...]

Managing capital gains tax with super contributions

Q: I am about to make a capital gain of about $200,000 on an investment property I have owned for several years. My marginal tax rate is 32.5% and I am an employee, and 43 years old. I want to contribute the equivalent of the capital gain to my super, which is not self-managed, so I can save some … [Read more...]