Superannuation strategies

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation strategies.

Non-concessional contributions: Re-contribution strategy still applies

Q: My wife turns 60 this financial year and it has always been my intention to cash out her portion of our small self-managed super fund (SMSF) and re-contribute it straight back in, so as to ensure that when she and I pass away, our children are not hit by tax. Is that still a valid strategy and if … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps

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 2015/2016 year?A: ‘Yes’ is the answer to the … [Read more...]

Financial advice for super: Is it worth the money?

You don’t have to get advice when choosing super funds, or when considering making extra super contributions, or for any other financial matters. If you do want advice however, do some research on reputable advisers.Advisers deserve to be paid for providing advice but you have to decide how you … [Read more...]

Estate planning: Beware the dastardly death tax

Although superannuation death benefits are tax-free when paid to individuals considered ‘dependants under the tax laws’, a ‘death tax’ continues to apply when super monies are paid to individuals considered ‘non-dependants under the tax laws’.Any of your children aged 18 or over, who can’t prove … [Read more...]

Can you provide a list of financial adviser associations?

Q: I want to use a licensed adviser that is a member of a financial adviser association? Can you tell me what associations exist?We provide the list below with the proviso that more financial adviser associations may exist. We have sourced this information from a broader list of professional … [Read more...]

Seeking advice? Financial Advisers Register is a starting point

The task of selecting a financial adviser is often the step that stops Australians from seeking advice. How do you know a financial adviser is licensed and has the proper qualifications? The task has become slightly easier now that the financial regulator has compiled a list of all licensed … [Read more...]

For over-65s: Ten tips when making super contributions

You can make voluntary superannuation contributions up to the age of 74 (that is, before you turn 75), and these can be concessional (before-tax) or non-concessional (after-tax) contributions. If you’re aged 65 or over, then you must satisfy a work test, if you intend to make super contributions. … [Read more...]

Super contributions: Can I make a retrospective payment to my fund to reduce tax?

Q: After completing my personal tax return my accountant advised I was up for $45,000 in income tax – (I had ceased work and sold an investment property, then unexpectedly recommenced work). My question to you is: Can I now make a contribution to my SMSF to reduce the income tax payable personally, … [Read more...]

Capital gains: Reducing tax via super contributions

Q: I have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) and I also have two investment properties in my personal name. When I sell the properties, I will be required to pay capital gains tax. Can this capital gains tax be offset by a contribution to the SMSF which would be tax-deductible? Would there be a 15% … [Read more...]

KiwiSaver: Only one super fund accepts super transfers from NZ to Australia

More than two years after the super rules changed, opening the door to super transfers between New Zealand and Australia, still just one Australian super fund is accepting transfers FROM KiwiSaver accounts to Australian super accounts. Many more Aussie super funds however permit transfers of … [Read more...]