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Investing in your super

People often overlook the advantages of making significant concessional contributions to their superannuation. By investing large sums of money inside your super, as opposed to assets outside of your super, you may end up saving a significant amount on your tax bill.

Concessional superannuation contributions are voluntary amounts that you contribute from your after-tax income. These are different from non-concessional contributions or before tax contributions. If you are under the age of 50, you may contribute up to $30 000 before tax to your superannuation, and if you are over 50, the limit is $35 000.

When you make concessional contributions to your super you do not have to pay any additional tax, as you will have already paid tax at your marginal rate. You may contribute up to $180 000 of your after-tax income each year to your super.

The advantage to investing within your superannuation fund is that all investment returns will be taxed at the flat rate of 15%. If you are thinking about making investments that will serve you in retirement you may care to investigate making larger concessional contributions to your superannuation.

Posted on 2 December '14 by , under Super.

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Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds' policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

  • Exit fees
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Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
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