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20 popular superannuation contribution questions answered
Making super contributions (and the rules applicable to the different types of contributions) is one of the more popular topics featured in our Q and As. Listed below are 20 popular Q and As about the contributions rules, updated for the 2017/2018 year. Click on the links immediately below the numbered headings to access the relevant Q and A.
Tip: Our contributions survival guides are also very popular with SuperGuide readers, and these guides are updated for the 2017/2018 year. You can check out the guides by clicking on the links at the right-hand side of the home page, or by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Continue reading to discover the answers to 20 popular Q and As on the superannuation contribution rules.
1. How do the contributions caps work?
2. Does the contributions cap apply from January to December, or July to June?
3. I’m retired. Can I make super contributions?
4. Can I claim a tax deduction for my super contributions?
5. Can I make concessional contributions while I’m unemployed?
6. I turn 50 part-way through the year. Can I take advantage of the higher concessional cap for over-50s?
7. I earn a high income. Is there a limit to how much Superannuation Guarantee my employer must pay?
8. If I salary sacrifice, will I lose some of my Superannuation Guarantee entitlements?
9. Can I reduce my salary via salary sacrifice to claim the co-contribution?
10. Do my employer’s SG contributions count towards my concessional cap, and what happens if I exceed the cap?
11. If I turn 65 part-way through the year, can I still take advantage of the non-concessional bring forward rules?
12. If I trigger the bring-forward rules when I am 64 (under the special rules), can I make super contributions after turning 65 without having to satisfy the work test?
13. How can I reduce my personal capital gains tax bill by making super contributions?
14. Which contributions cap is relevant if I want to reduce my CGT bill?
15. Can I transfer assets in my name into my SMSF?
16. How can I help my spouse grow her super account?
17. Can I split my super contributions with my spouse?
18. Can I still use the re-contribution strategy to cut my super tax bill?
19. Can I reduce my income via salary sacrificing to claim the Family Tax Benefit?
20. I’m 65. Can I make super contributions?
Note: The Q and As listed in this article are merely a guide to assist you with the general rules concerning super contributions. You will need to confirm your personal circumstances with your employer, super fund, the ATO, or accountant/adviser where applicable.
You can access the contribution guides by clicking on the links below:
- Your 2017/2018 guide to non-concessional (after-tax) contributions
- Super concessional (before-tax) contributions: 2017/2018 survival guide
- Cashing in on the co-contribution rules (2017/2018 year)
SuperGuide Quiz No.2: How to boost your super
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