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.

Transition-to-retirement pensions: Will TRIPs stay, or will they go?

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberals/NP) government announced that, from 1 July 2017, it intends to remove the tax exemption on pension fund earnings financing a transition-to-retirement pension (TRIP). Subject to legislation, the removal of the tax exemption on fund … [Read more...]

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017.From 1 July 2017, subject to legislation, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s lifetime superannuation contributions tax payments … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What hours does my employer have to pay super on?

Q: I am trying to find out on what hours my employer has to pay super. I get paid per hour plus over time, but it is a set roster of 12 hours per shift. Doing less is not optional so to me they are ordinary hours, not overtime, or is this a loophole for employers? Can you direct me to find out about … [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 2016/2017 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...]

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...]

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...]

Concessional contributions caps: 10 facts you should know

We receive many questions about the concessional contributions caps. Throughout 2016 and into 2017, 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...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Many Aussies miss out on SG increase

Now that we are well into the third financial year of a higher Superannuation Guarantee rate of 9.5%, you can expect some difficult conversations between employers and employees in coming months as some salaried employees discover that the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) increase of 0.25%, which took … [Read more...]

Who can make tax-deductible super contributions?

Note: From 1 July 2017, the Coalition government intends to allow all individuals under the age of 75 to claim tax deductions for persona super contributions, subject to the concessional contributions cap, and taking account of previously-made super contributions for a financial year. Such a measure … [Read more...]