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.

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...]

Age Pension: Assets test thresholds from 20 March 2015

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The UPPER asset thresholds for the Age Pension assets test increased again on 20 March 2015, which means more Australians may now be eligible for a PART Age Pension. A single person can own more than $775,000 in assets (excluding his or her home), and still receive a small PART Age Pension, while … [Read more...]

Turning 55: Taking super, tax and timing

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Q: If at 55, I take up to $185,000 out of my super as a lump sum tax free, when I turn 60 will I be able to draw down as a lump sum the rest of my superannuation without having to pay tax as well? A: For an individual to access preserved super benefits they must satisfy a condition of release, … [Read more...]

I’m under 60. Does my super payout also affect my other income, and tax bill?

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Q: I have tried to phone the ATO re this query. Could you tell me the answer to this question? I turn 55 soon and I am eligible for a super payout of $185,554 next month of which only the $554 is taxable at 17.0%. However I still intend to keep working at my $58,000 a year job and wondered how this … [Read more...]

I’m 58 and I have $230,000 in super.
Will my super be taxed?

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Q: I’ve just turned 58, and I’m thinking of retiring before I turn 60. I would like to know whether I would have to pay tax on my superannuation. I know that after I turn 60, it’s tax-free, so my inquiry is regarding the period until I turn 60. My super money consists of compulsory employer … [Read more...]

I retired at 59. Do I pay tax on my superannuation lump sum?

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Q: I retired in September 2014. I’m now living on a tiny super pension of about $710 a fortnight. In September 2014, I also received a $15,000 superannuation lump sum. The tax free component of my total superannuation is 66% and the taxable component is 34%. I turned 60 in February 2015. Do I have … [Read more...]

Age Pension: Deemed income falls from 20 March 2015, with lower rates

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If you own financial investments and receive the Age Pension, or you hope to claim the Age Pension, then you need to be aware of a recent change to the deeming rates applicable to financial investments, and the annual change (every July) to the deeming thresholds for the Age Pension income test. … [Read more...]

Preservation age: I’m 58. Can I withdraw my super benefits?

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Q: Can you please tell me whether I can withdraw my super benefits when I retire at age 58? A: This answer assumes that your super benefits are preserved, and the answer to your question depends on your date of birth. Under normal circumstances, access to superannuation benefits requires certain … [Read more...]

Death benefits: Is a binding DBN different from a reversionary pension?

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Q: What is the difference between a binding death benefit nomination and a reversionary pension? Should a retail fund offer a reversionary pension option? The forms for my fund only mention binding death nominations. The terminology surrounding superannuation death can be confusing and … [Read more...]