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.

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...]

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

Q: I work for myself but I also have a part-time job. I have been told that even though I receive SG from my part-time employer, I can also make tax-deductible super contributions. Is that true? And if it is true, how does it work?Individuals who are self-employed, or who are not employed, are … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions: What form do I use to claim a tax deduction?

Q: I want to make a tax-deductible super contribution to my SMSF. I am trying to find the official form for claiming this type of deduction. Could you lead me to a link where I could find a generic S290-170 notice of intent to deduct?You can download the ‘Notice of intent to claim or vary a … [Read more...]

The super challenge: At what age should I retire?

Selecting a retirement age, even if you plan to continue some form of work during retirement, can be a difficult decision. In some cases, individuals don’t get a choice about when to retire due to health issues, or due to redundancy in later years and then difficulty finding another job.Although … [Read more...]

Reaching preservation age: Taking super, tax and timing

Q: If at 55, I take up to $195,000 out of my super as a lump sum tax free, when I turn 60 will I be able to draw down as a lump sum the rest of my superannuation without having to pay tax as well?A: For an individual to access preserved super benefits they must satisfy a condition of release, … [Read more...]