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Salary sacrifice

Salary sacrifice (or salary sacrificing or salary sacrifice arrangement) refers to including before-tax superannuation contributions as part of a salary package, which then reduces a person’s taxable salary and the amount of income tax payable.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Salary sacrifice.

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...]

More retirees eligible for Seniors Health Card (CSHC), but harsher income test

Taking effecting from 20 September 2016, the income test thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) have increased again, in line with the federal government’s promise to index the thresholds annually. CSHC income thresholds are now indexed annually in line with CPI (inflation). … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 22: How do you speak ‘superannuation’ (… in 20 words)?

Many Australians find the stodgy language of superannuation confusing. The terminology associated with superannuation is a barrier to self-education and may deter some Australians from taking early steps to plan for retirement. Millions of Australians care about their super account even though they … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 19: My employer has gone broke. What happens to my SG entitlements?

Q: My employer has suddenly ceased trading and despite appearing on weekly pay slips, I and fellow employees find no super contributions have been made, in my case for over 12 months. What, if any recourse, do we have? If your employer has not paid your super entitlements into your super fund, … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 17: Four must-knows about super’s tax rules

Q: I am trying to understand how my super is taxed and it seems that it is taxed at every turn. Can you please explain when, and how, a super benefit is taxed? A: If it were not for tax, superannuation wouldn’t exist. You would simply invest in your own name. Superannuation is taxed at lower … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 3: Why aren’t my super contributions tax-free?

Q: I checked my statement and I put an extra $10 per week into my super and each time an amount is put in, it has been taxed. Is this right? I thought that my contributions were tax-free? I’m not certain if you’re asking: whether you pay any tax at all when you use your income to make super … [Read more...]

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...]

Temporary Budget Repair Levy: More income tax for high-income earners until June 2017

Note: Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily increase the marginal tax rate by 2 percentage points for those Australians earning more than $180,000. The higher tax rate became law, and applies from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017 (3 financial … [Read more...]

Less tax, more super? A transition-to-retirement pension may no longer be the answer

On 3 May 2016, in the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition (Liberal/Nationals) 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). The removal of the tax exemption, subject to legislation, … [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...]

Salary sacrificing and super: 10 facts you should know

Salary sacrificing superannuation, by making before-tax super contributions, is a popular strategy for employees on middle-to-high incomes. The deal is that you increase your superannuation balance (and pay 15% contributions tax, and for those earning an adjusted taxable income of more than … [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...]