THE SOAPBOX

The must-read section of SuperGuide. These popular and compelling columns generate debate about issues affecting Australians planning for retirement, or living in retirement.

Each month, we draw attention to an area of our superannuation system that needs improvement or deserves recognition. Trish Power's views in the columns are informed, and independent.

Below are some of our key THE SOAPBOX articles:

Set out below are all SuperGuide articles explaining THE SOAPBOX.

2016 Federal Budget summary: Superannuation shock for Australians

Note: This article is regularly updated reflecting the latest information available on the superannuation changes announced in the 2016 Federal Budget, and to become law before 1 July 2017.On 3 May 2016, the federal treasurer Scott Morrison released the first federal budget of his career, and … [Read more...]

Excess contributions rules: A quick summary

If you plan to make superannuation contributions to a super fund, you need to be mindful of the contributions caps for both concessional (before tax) contributions and for non-concessional contributions. You also need to understand the financial (or other) consequences of exceeding those … [Read more...]

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

Note: Previously, in rare bipartisanship, the ALP supported the Coalition’s decision to temporarily increase the marginal tax rate by 2 percentage points for those Australians earning more than $180,000. The higher tax rate became law, and applies from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017 (3 financial … [Read more...]

Concessional contributions caps to be slashed from July 2017

On 3 May 2016, as part of the 2016 Federal Budget, the Coalition government announced it intends to scrap the over-50s concessional (before-tax) contributions cap of $35,000 and replace it with a $25,000 cap, and reduce the general concessional contributions cap (for under-50s) to $25,000, from its … [Read more...]

Liberals to ban anti-detriment payments from July 2017

On 3 May 2016 (2016 Federal Budget), the Coalition government announced that it intends to abolish the anti-detriment provisions from July 2017.From 1 July 2017, subject to legislation, a super fund will not be able to pay a refund of a member’s lifetime superannuation contributions tax payments … [Read more...]

Liberals to impose $1.6 million cap on pension start balances

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...]

Super tax refund for lower-income earners to extend beyond June 2017

In a welcome backflip, as part of its 2016 Federal Budget release on 3 May 2016, the Coalition government announced it will extend the Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) beyond its legislated expiry date of June 2017. The only change is that it will be renamed as the Low Income Superannuation Tax … [Read more...]

SG contributions now paid for over-70s (since July 2013)

Since 1 July 2013, eligible employees who are 70 years or older have received Superannuation Guarantee (SG) payments from employers. The previous SG rules stopped SG entitlements when an employee turned 70 years of age.What this means is that since 1 July 2013, eligible employees aged 70 years … [Read more...]

Double contributions tax for more high-income earners

Note: Currently (and until 30 June 2017), anyone earning an ‘income for surcharge purposes’ of more than $300,000 pays an extra 15% tax (total of 30%) on concessional (before-tax) super contributions. super contributions. On 3 May 2016, the Coalition government announced its intention to lower the … [Read more...]

Superannuation Guarantee: Many Aussies miss out on SG increase

Now that we are well into the third financial year of a higher Superannuation Guarantee rate of 9.5%, you can expect some difficult conversations between employers and employees in coming months as some salaried employees discover that the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) increase of 0.25%, which took … [Read more...]

Financial advice: Only 80 independent financial advisers in Australia

Note: This article is updated regularly when new financial advisers join the independence club (latest update May 2016). A financial adviser does not have to be a member of the IFAAA to join the SuperGuide list, provided they can declare that they satisfy the requirements of being an independent … [Read more...]

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...]