Superannuation strategies

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation strategies.

Temporary concessional contributions cap expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014

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In July 2013, the federal government introduced a temporary concessional contributions cap of $35,000 for over-60s which has been expanded to 50-somethings from July 2014. Anyone in this age group may consider revisiting their superannuation contributions strategies in light of the higher … [Read more...]

Super contributions: How much co-contribution will I get?

Q: Where do I go to find a calculator that helps me work out how much co-contribution I will be entitled to, and how much super I need to contribute to get that co-contribution? I am also looking for something that shows the sliding scale for different income levels and different super … [Read more...]

Higher concessional contributions cap applies to over-50s from July 2014

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Q: Do you need to be aged 50 at July 1, 2014, or could you turn 50 any time in 2014/2015 to take advantage of the $35,000 concessional cap? A: For the benefit of other readers, I will first explain the background to the over-50s cap. On 5 April 2013, the federal government announced that it will … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2014/2015 year)

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Note: The co-contribution rules for the 2014/2015 year (and for the 2013/2014 and 2012/2013 years) are very different from the co-contribution rules applicable for the 2011/2012 year. For your reference and convenience, we have retained the co-contribution rules for these previous years, at the end … [Read more...]

Super concessional contributions: 2014/2015 survival guide

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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. A contributions cap sets a limit on the amount of contributions you can make in any one year. If you exceed … [Read more...]

Your 2014/2015 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions

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Non-concessional superannuation contributions are more popularly known as after-tax contributions. You may even hear them called ‘undeducted’ contributions. Such super contributions are subject to a contributions cap, which sets a limit on the amount of non-concessional (after-tax) contributions … [Read more...]

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

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You can make voluntary superannuation contributions up to the age of 74, 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. Anyone under the age of 65 can … [Read more...]

Superannuation contributions: Wearing two caps

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Q: Are the caps relating to ‘concessional’ and ‘non-concessional’ contributions regarded as separate? Put simply, can I contribute $25,000 concessional and $450,000 non-concessional sums (a total contribution of $475,000) to my super fund for the 2013/2014 year? Likewise, can I contribute $30,000 … [Read more...]

Excess contributions: Happy ending to a horror story

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Note: This article contains some good news for those worried about exceeding the contributions caps. The article also includes a summary of the Inspector-General of Taxation’s review into the ATO’s administration of the superannuation excess contributions tax. Any tax regime that can take 93% of … [Read more...]

Retirement and tax: What are the minimum pension payment rules?

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Q: I am 63. I want to retire next year but I am not sure if I want to access my super benefits yet. I have heard that when I retire, I must withdraw some super benefits each year, otherwise I won’t receive tax-free super benefits. Can you please clarify the rules for me? A: You question is really … [Read more...]