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.

Concessional contributions caps: 10 facts you should know

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We receive many questions about the concessional contributions caps. Throughout 2015 and into 2016, SuperGuide, as always, will regularly update readers on any proposed changes to the contributions caps (and other super changes), and the implications of such changes on super strategies. The list … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 7: Can I split my super benefits with my spouse?

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Q: I am 41 years old and my partner is 56 years old. We have a very big mortgage as we are both the casualties of wealth destroying divorces and single parenthood! Thus we intend to pay off our mortgage before putting more into our superannuation. Can I transfer part of my superannuation to his fund … [Read more...]

Contributing to your spouse’s super account

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Q: My wife and I have established an SMSF. I’m fully employed while my wife has not been working since July, and she is unlikely to return to work before the end of this financial year. My question concerns maximising tax strategies for this year. Can I contribute on her behalf in after-tax dollars … [Read more...]

Accessing super: How long does it take for TPD insurance to be paid out?

Q: I am going to claim TPD from my super fund due to mental illness. My psychologist thinks I will be approved. I am 29 and have a lot of reports and evidence. I can hand in my forms with everything there. Do you know how long will it take to be approved? Do all super people reject first claim to … [Read more...]

Does shift work count for SG entitlements and income protection cover?

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Q: I’m a shift worker and have a question about whether my ‘Super fund salary’ figure which my employer gives to my super fund should include both my base and shift loading salary. At the moment it only includes my base even though my employer does pay super for both my base and shift loading. What … [Read more...]

Income protection insurance: Can I claim against my super’s policy due to work injury?

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Q: I was injured at work in September 2013, and have not worked since. I was paying income protection premiums. I was on a permanent contract at the time of the injury. The contract was to end in November placing me back into casual pool, but due to my injury I never went back to work. The super … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminal illness

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

I’m leaving Australia: Can I access my super?

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Q: I really found your web page very informative as I am just about to retire. I wish I had read it years ago. You certainly take the mystery out of super. My son, 42 yrs old, has moved permanently to the USA. He does not intend to return to Australia. He has a small industry-based super account and … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Permanent departure from Australia (6 Q&As)

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This article contains 6 examples of popular questions received by SuperGuide from Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents departing Australia, and who are seeking to withdraw super benefits before retirement. If you’re a temporary resident of Australia then check out another … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: 16 popular Q and As

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I have received many questions from readers, some in serious financial situations or suffering illness who are seeking more information on how to access Australian super benefits early. Other readers seeking early access to super benefits have left Australia permanently, or have even left Australia … [Read more...]