If you are younger than age 65, it is relatively easy to contribute money into super to build your retirement assets. However, once you are older than 65 contributing to super is more complicated. There is a complicated web of legislation which you need to navigate to confirm if you are eligible to contribute money into this tax efficient structure. This complexity emerges right at the moment when boosting your retirement savings becomes one of your highest priorities!
The benefit of getting money into superannuation is clear – you won’t pay any tax in retirement on these assets and before retirement the most you will pay is 15% – a much lower rate than most working Australian’s pay.
But if you are over 65 years old, don’t despair. Recent changes now mean that if you are aged between 65 and 74 and finished working last financial year, you may still be able to contribute to your superannuation, even though you are no longer working.
Previously, once you turn 65, you were required to pass a ‘work test’ ensuring you worked for at least forty hours in a one month period. Recent legislative changes mean that if your balance is less than $300,000 at 30 June, 2018, and you met the work test in the 2018/19, financial year, you can contribute to your fund this year even if you aren’t working. This change offers senior Australians another pathway to further boost their retirement savings and tax effectively increase the assets available to them to fund their household expenses once they stop working.
We’ve provided a summary below which shows the types of contributions that you can make depending on your age. With this new change, many more Australians who want to boost their retirement savings tax effectively will be able to do so. For more information please contact your Milestone financial planner on 02 6102 4333.
Superannuation Contribution Rules
|Contribution type||Under age 65||Age 65 but under 70||Age 70 but under 75||Age 75 and over3|
|Member (personal) contributions1||Yes||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||No|
|Spouse contributions (recipient spouse)||Yes||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||No||No|
|SG and award/industrial agreements employer contributions||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Salary sacrifice and additional employer contributions||Yes||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||No|
|CGT exempt contributions and overseas transfers||Yes||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||Yes, if work test met or work test exemption applies2||No|
|Co-contribution (made by Government)4||Yes||Yes||Yes, in limited circumstances4||No|
1 Includes contributions arising from structured settlements and personal injury orders.
2 Work test exemption applies if work test is met in the 2018/19 financial year and total super balance on 30 June 2019 was less than $300,000.
3 Personal and non-mandated employer contributions can be made up to 28 days after the end of the month the person turns 75 (provided the work test has already been met in the financial year for which the contribution is being made).
4 An eligible member contribution must be made into superannuation to qualify for Government co-contribution. The person must be under age 71 at the end of the financial year in which an eligible member contribution is made to receive a co-contribution.
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