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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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Transition to retirement

The transition to retirement (TTR) strategy allows you to access some of your super while you continue to work.

You are able to use the TTR strategy if you are aged 55 to 60. You can use it to supplement your income if you reduce your work hours or boost your super and save on tax while you keep working full time.

  • Starting a TTR pension: To start your TTR pension, transfer some of your super to an account-based pension. You have to keep some money in your super account so that you can continue to receive your employer's compulsory contributions as well as any voluntary contributions you may be making.
  • Government benefits and TTR: The benefits you or your partner receive might be impacted if you choose to opt for this strategy. How and what exactly will change might become clearer upon discussing this with a Financial Information Service (FIS) officer.
  • Life insurance and TTR: In some cases, the life insurance cover you have with your super may stop or reduce if you start a TTR pension – check this before making any decisions or changes.

TTR can help ease your mind as you transition into retirement but it can be a bit complex. Before you choose whether you want to use TTR to reduce work hours or save on tax, or even if you want to use TTR altogether, you should figure out how this will impact all aspects of your finances.

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