Working in retirement

'Working in retirement' covers the different scenarios that prospective Australian retirees may face when considering retirement.

An increasing number of retirees are combining part-time work and taking a superannuation pension, and possibly also receiving a part Age pension. Retirement is a fluid concept that may or may not involve ceasing full-time work.

If you're under the age of 65 and wanting to access super benefits, then 'retirement' generally involves ceasing full-time employment and making a retirement declaration, unless you intend to start a transition-to-retirement pension or you have unrestricted non-preserved super benefits. If you're under 65 and you decide to retire, then you can still return to work if your circumstances change, or you genuinely change your mind. If you're under the age of 65, then you can make super contributions whether you're fully retired, working part-time or working full-time.

If you're aged 65 or over, then you don't have to retire to access your super benefits (in nearly all cases). If you're aged 65 or over, then you must satisfy a work test if you wish to contribute to a super fund.

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining Working in retirement.

Super contributions: Beef up using a bring forward

Q: Under the 2-year bring-forward of non-concessional contributions, if a person makes an after-tax contribution of $180,001 when age 64 during the 2015/2016 year, can he continue to contribute the balance of the $540,000 anytime during the next 2 years without having to satisfy the work test?A: … [Read more...]

Super contributions: Turning 65 part-way through the year

Q: I turn 65 in February 2016. So I will be 64 years of age for a large part of the 2015/2016 financial year, but of course I turn 65 during the 2015/2016 financial year, that is, in February 2016. My understanding is that because I will be under 65 for part of the 2015/2016 financial year then I … [Read more...]

Turning 65: Maxing out the after-tax contributions cap

Q: If you turn 65 after 1 July 2015, and you retire after 1 July 2015, can you still make the $540,000 bring-forward non-concessional contribution as long as you make the contribution before 30 June 2016? Or do you have to satisfy the work test to do so?Answer: For the benefit of other readers, … [Read more...]

Bring-forward rule: 10 super facts you should know

I receive a lot of questions from readers seeking information about how the non-concessional (after-tax) rules work; in particular, how the bring-forward rules works. The bring-forward rule works over a 3-year period so it is very important that you keep track of the size and timing of any … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: What is the maximum SG employers must pay?

Q: I am earning a salary of $200,000 plus super. I am aged 42. I understand a maximum contribution level applies based on a 9.5% SG contribution, before the balance up to $30K limit can be made on a salary sacrifice basis. Can you please confirm what the maximum SG contribution is allowed to be for … [Read more...]

Super for Beginners (25 Q&As)

One of SuperGuide’s more popular initiatives has been the development of a ‘Super for Beginners’ section that answers some of the many questions that we receive from those readers who are new to superannuation and new to super’s terminology.The series currently consists of several lead articles, … [Read more...]

Non-concessional contributions: Tread carefully when aged 63 or 64 or 65 (3 Q & As)

Q: I am 64 and want to take advantage of the bring-forward rules when making non-concessional contributions. I turn 65 sometime during the 2015/2016 financial year. There is a possibility that I will be able to dispose of a property during the financial years 2015/2016 or 2016/2017. My three related … [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...]

Over-65s work test: How does it operate again?

1. Does 40 hours in any 30-day period include weekends or is it 6 x 5-day weeks? I read in a bank’s booklet on superannuation that it must be “at least 40 hours in a period of not more than 30 consecutive days during the financial year ….” This seems to imply working beyond 30 days is not … [Read more...]