Super Guide for under 18s

An individual under the age of 18, who is a child of a fund member, is automatically treated as a dependant for super and tax purposes if the parent dies leaving superannuation benefits. What this means is that such an individual will receive such super benefits tax-free.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Super Guide for under 18s.

Super for beginners, part 15: Super tax – as easy as 1-2-3

2623641710_8fffa6c5ac_b

Superannuation only exists because of how super savings are taxed. Superannuation savings receive tax incentives to encourage Australians to choose super as a retirement savings option. Even so, superannuation is still taxed (for most Australians) at a lower rate of tax than non-superannuation … [Read more...]

Estate planning: Beware the dastardly death tax

Pixmac000084597952_estate_planning_dastardly

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...]

Estate planning: Dear Dad, Tax for everything

Pixmac000084597418_will

If you plan to leave your super to your adult children when you die, your death benefit may be hit with benefits tax, even though you would have received that benefit tax-free (if aged 60 or over) while you were alive. The reason for this inconsistency is that death benefits paid to individuals … [Read more...]

Super for beginners, part 2: My first job

316034879_3c0827261d_b_firstjob

Question: I am 16 years of age. I still go to school but I have just started my first part-time job. Do I get any superannuation? And if I do, where does it go? Answer: Congratulations on your first job. You ask two questions about your super entitlements: Am I eligible for Superannuation … [Read more...]

Making super contributions: 20 popular Q and As

Questions_19078007_c

I receive many interesting questions from readers. I believe this contact with our readers makes our site even more useful because we enhance the SuperGuide website in response to the popularity of certain articles and topics, and in response to the types of questions that we receive. Due to the … [Read more...]

SuperGuide checklist: 10 more ways to boost your super

boost_your_super

Note: This article is the second in a series of special articles that SuperGuide will be publishing, designed to help SuperGuide readers more easily access the hundreds of questions and articles that we have published on the SuperGuide website. The first article in the series is Super Checklist: … [Read more...]

Super checklist: 10 ways to save your super

Navigation Light

SuperGuide receives hundreds of questions every week from Australians wanting to create a better life for themselves in retirement. The types of questions we receive include: how much super should my employer contribute each year, how much money is enough, how can I work out if I am in a good super … [Read more...]

Tax-deductible super contributions: Meeting the 10% income test

Exam

Q: Since July 2009, salary sacrificed super contributions have counted towards the co-contribution income test. Was there a similar change made in relation to the income test that applies to concessional contributions when claiming tax-deductible contributions? My understanding is that the income … [Read more...]