Superannuation strategies

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Superannuation strategies.

2016 Federal Election update: What superannuation and retirement policies can you expect?

The 2016 Federal Election on 2 July will decide whether the Coalition’s announced super policies will go ahead, while the ALP has been unusually silent on its proposed super policies, apart from quietly reaffirming two policies, with one measure adopted by the Coalition.The May 2016 Federal … [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...]

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...]

Unhappy with super or Age Pension changes? Email a Liberal MP, or a Labor MP!

A lot of Australians are extremely unhappy with what the Coalition has planned for the superannuation system and the Age Pension rules. We have been inundated with lively comments and serious questions about the Coalition’s proposed superannuation changes, and the government’s recent changes to the … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances, if win election

Note: The proposed policy will apply to both existing and new pension accounts from 1 July 2017, which means the policy will apply retrospectively. Based on federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s comments after announcing the 2016 Federal Budget, he claims this policy is not retrospective, that is, it … [Read more...]

ALP to tax pension earnings above $75,000 a year, if wins election

Note: Based on the ALP’s own election documents, this policy will be applied retrospectively, and will apply to all super pension earnings above $75,000 a year, from 1 July 2017. The ALP claims this measure is not retrospective, that is, it only applies to superannuation pensions started from 1 July … [Read more...]

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

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: Your question is … [Read more...]

SMSF pension payments: A little bit under may be OK

SuperGuide often receives questions from readers asking what happens if they don’t withdraw the minimum pension amount required to be paid each year from their pension account, especially when the underpayment is due to an honest mistake, or due to circumstances beyond their control.Before … [Read more...]

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

Note: In the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition confirmed it would cease the TBRL as legislated, but the ALP has announced that it would re-introduce the levy if it won the 2016 Federal Election on 2 July. Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily … [Read more...]