On 1 July 2017, a range of superannuation reforms will apply, including a reduction to the contributions caps.
This means that now is a great time to ensure your super strategy is as tax-effective as it can be.
Here are 5 facts you need to know about the changes:
- Annual before-tax contributions caps will reduce to $25,000 for everyone. Currently, the cap is $30,000 p.a. if you’re aged 48 years or younger and $35,000 p.a. if you’re aged 49 or over. If you contribute above the new $25,000 cap after 01 July 2017, penalties may apply through additional tax.
Before-tax contributions are also referred to as ‘concessional’ contributions and they include salary sacrifice, personal contributions claimed as a tax deduction and the superannuation guarantee contributions your employer makes on your behalf.
- If you earn between $250,000 to $300,000 p.a. an additional 15% tax is payable on before-tax contributions (now a total of 30%).
- The annual after-tax (non-concessional) contributions cap will reduce to $100,000 p.a. (currently $180,000 p.a.) and the three year cumulative cap will also reduce to $300,000 (currently $540,000).
- Earning tax rates on Transition to Retirement pensions will increase to 15% (currently earnings are tax free).
- A lifetime cap of $1.6 million will be introduced to tax-free pension accounts. Penalties will apply to pension account holders who have a total pension balance above this limit from 1 July 2017.
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