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Making tax-deductible super contributions

There are two types of super contributions individuals can make: non-concessional (after-tax) and concessional (before-tax).

From 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, eligible individuals can make concessional contributions of up to $30,000 per year if they are 48 years of age or under on 30 June 2015. Eligible individuals who are 49 years of age or over on 30 June 2015 can make concessional contributions of up to $35,000 for the year.

Those who are self-employed or not employed can claim a tax deduction for their super contributions as they are treated as concessional contributions.

Individuals who are under the age of 18 can only claim a tax deduction for super contributions when their income comes from gainful employment, such as carrying on a business.

In most circumstances, those who are classified as employees cannot claim a tax deduction for making a super contribution. However, they can receive a similar tax benefit through salary sacrifice contributions.

Although the rules for claiming tax deductions on super contributions can be complex depending on the type of work an individual does, generally speaking, an individual can claim a tax deduction for super contributions if they:

Posted on 26 October '15 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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