Tax-free super

Tax-free means no tax is payable. In terms of superannuation, anyone aged 60 or over can expect tax-free super benefits (unless you’re a public servant). Even when you’re under the age of 60, you may be able to access tax-free benefits.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Tax-free super.

Retiring before the age of 60: the tax deal

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If you retire before the age of 60, your super benefits are likely to be subject to tax — but not always. With the right structure, and usually with expert advice, many Australians retiring early can end up paying no tax. If you’re willing to wait until you turn 60 before you retire, you can … [Read more...]

Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2015/2016 year)

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Note: This article explains the co-contribution rules for the 2015/2016 year (and later in the article, also for the 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013 and 2011/2012 years). The federal government is giving away money to anyone who makes a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution to their super … [Read more...]

TRIPs: 10 interesting facts about transition-to-retirement pensions

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Note: The general concessional contributions cap remains at $30,000 (for the 2015/2016 year, and also applies for the 2014/2015 year). The special $35,000 cap for over-50s continues to apply for the 2015/2016 year (or more specifically, to anyone who is aged 49 years or over on 30 June 2015). If … [Read more...]

Super Guide to the 2015 Tax Discussion Paper

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UPDATE: The government is accepting submissions from the public in response to its 2015 Tax Discussion Paper. The federal government has now extended the submission period until 24 July 2015. I strongly encourage you to make a submission if you want your views heard, and your concerns taken into … [Read more...]

Seniors Health Card (CSHC) changes now law

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The changes to the income test for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are now law. In the 2014 Federal Budget, the government announced that the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) income test would be changed so new applicants must include superannuation pension income, from 1 January … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminal illness

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Q: I have a terminal illness. Can I access my super benefits? A: I’m sorry to read about your illness. The superannuation rules do recognise that super benefits can be accessed early under such devastating circumstances. For your information, ‘terminal illness’ for the purposes of accessing … [Read more...]

Accessing super early: Terminally ill receive tax break

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Individuals with a terminal medical condition are able to access their super lump sum payments tax-free, regardless of age. A super fund can release super benefits to a member if they have a terminal medical condition. According to the legislation, a terminal medical condition exists if two … [Read more...]

Does the Government’s co-contribution count towards my contributions cap?

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Q: Does a co-contribution received after using up the total bring forward cap of $540,000 mean that an excess contribution has been made, or is the Government co-contribution excluded from the after-tax contribution cap? A: A superannuation co-contribution is a tax-free super contribution paid by … [Read more...]

ALP policy hits super contributions and pension earnings

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Note: If you are retiring with $500,000 (or even less) in a super pension, you could potentially be hit with the ALP’s proposed new tax on pension earnings. On 22 April 2015, the leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten announced the ALP’s superannuation election policy. If the ALP wins government, … [Read more...]

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

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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...]