Since 1 July 2017, a new opportunity to make a superannuation contribution was introduced for many Australians. From this date, anyone eligible to make personal super contributions can claim that contribution as a personal tax deduction, regardless of their work status. This change is a result of the removal of the ‘10% test’ which generally meant you had to be self-employed or have no employment income in order to claim a deduction for your super contributions. This means that people who are employed who were normally excluded from claiming this deduction, can do so now.
This strategy suits people who:
- In the past have been reluctant to salary sacrifice as they were uncertain about their cash flow needs.
- Receive unexpected employment income and no prior salary sacrifice agreement was put in to place (e.g. Bonus).
- Earned too much in the past to meet the 10% test, but not enough to fully use CC cap via salary sacrifice —with the removal of 10% rule, this strategy is available to them.
There are a few things to remember:
- You can contribute to superannuation up to age 75 subject to meeting the work test between 65 and 75 years of age. To meet the work test, you need to be gainfully employment for at least 40 hours during a 30 day period.
- Any contributions for which you claim a personal deduction will count toward your $25,000 concessional contribution cap. This cap also includes any Superannuation Guarantee or any other employer contributions made to super.
Steps to take to make the concessional contribution
You will need to make your super contributions before 30 June 2018 if you want to ensure they are counted towards this year’s cap. For it contribution to count for this year, it has to be received by the fund prior to 30 June. Since the processing can take a few days, do not leave it until the last day. In addition, you will need to lodge a ‘Notice of Intent’ form with your super fund. This is critical to ensuring you can claim a deduction for your contribution. You need to do this before you lodge your tax return is lodged for the year the contribution was made, or the end of the financial year following the financial year in which the contribution was made. You also have to lodge the notice before you exit the fund (e.g. rolled over your funds to another super fund, or withdraw them), or start a pension.
Speak to your adviser to ensure you are maximising your savings and minimising your tax.
Compliance and Technical Manager
Prime Financial Group
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