Superannuation Guarantee (SG)

Superannuation Guarantee (SG) is the official term for compulsory superannuation contributions made by employers on behalf of their employees.

An employer, regardless of whether they are a small or large business, must contribute the equivalent of 9.5% of an employee’s salary, from July 2014.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation Guarantee (SG).

Double contributions tax for high-income earners

Note: Currently, anyone earning an adjusted taxable income of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on super contributions. The ALP has announced a policy to bring the income thresholds down to $250,000. The rumour is that the Coalition plans to reduce the income threshold to … [Read more...]

Naughty employers: SG has a tail with a nasty sting

Every week, I receive emails from readers who discover that their employer has failed to pay compulsory employer super contributions (Superannuation Guarantee). Usually, the recalcitrant employer has shut up shop and disappeared, or started a new business somewhere else.What happens to the … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: SG and public servants

Q: I’m a member of a public sector fund, which is a hybrid defined contribution/defined benefit scheme. While I pay 5% of salary towards a ‘Member Benefit’, the super fund doesn’t have a 9.5% employer contribution, as my ‘Employer Benefit’ is based on years of service and Final Average Salary. I’m … [Read more...]

MySuper: 116 super funds now available

Note: This article provides a complete list of official, authorised MySuper products. This list will be updated regularly if any additional MySuper products are authorised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). This article was last updated on 9 March 2016. If you are looking for … [Read more...]

MySuper: Now at a super fund near you

If you believe the federal government’s public relations campaign, MySuper can deliver you the equivalent of nirvana in superannuation – low fees, strong investment performance, financial security and a worry-free retirement.Pardon? You haven’t seen the government’s MySuper publicity campaign? I … [Read more...]

Contributions caps: Which financial year do I use for my salary sacrifice contributions?

Q: I salary sacrifice into my super, and I am planning for the rest of the financial year. If I make my super contribution for the month of June 2016, and the super fund does not register receipt of that super contribution until July 2016, will this contribution fall under the 2015/2016 financial … [Read more...]

Fund choice: Can my employer insist I join the super fund they use?

Q: I am about to start a new position. I am 67 years old and have a SMSF. My new employer has said I must join the super fund they use and cannot use my SMSF as they have too many employees. It was my understanding I could have the Superannuation Guarantee paid to the super fund of my choice. Would … [Read more...]

Super alert: Have you counted your super contributions lately?

Note: This article outlines the super contribution rules, and also provides a list of helpful articles that explain how the two types of contributions caps work, and the general contribution rules.You can make two types of super contributions: concessional (before-tax) contributions and … [Read more...]

Super concessional (before-tax) contributions: 2015/2016 survival guide

This article explains all of the important rules that apply to concessional (before-tax) super contributions.Superannuation contributions can be divided into two types — concessional (before-tax) and non-concessional (after-tax). Each type of super contribution is subject to a contributions cap. … [Read more...]

Super Tip No 2: Love your super like your own

The easiest way to save your super is to treat your super like you would money in the bank – which it is, nearly, except that you can’t spend it yet. Key message: It’s your money You turn up for work and your employer must pay money into a super fund on your behalf – the equivalent of 9.5% of your … [Read more...]