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Penalty for unpaid super

Employers who are not meeting their super obligations may lose the tax deduction they would normally receive for super contributions. They will also have to pay a superannuation guarantee charge to the ATO.

From 1 July 2013 employers must be paying 9.25 percent of each eligible employee’s ordinary time earnings each quarter in super. From 1 July 2014 this will increase to 9.5 per cent.

The next quarterly cut-off for super contributions is the 28 April, which applies to the period of 1 January to 31 March.

If employers have not met their super obligations they will need to lodge a Superannuation guarantee charge statement with the ATO and also pay a superannuation guarantee charge.

Also, their business may lose the tax deduction that they would normally receive for superannuation contributions. This is because like most late payments the super guarantee charge is not tax deductible.

Employers will have to pay the super guarantee charge if:

-they do not pay enough super contributions to their employee. This is known as a super guarantee shortfall.

-they do not pay super contributions by the quarterly cut-off date for payment. The next payment cut-off date

-they do not pay super to their employee’s chosen super fund; this is called a choice liability.

The super guarantee charge is made up of the super guarantee shortfall amounts, nominal interest at 10 per cent per annum, and an administration fee of $20 per employee, per quarter

Posted on 8 May '14 by , under Super.

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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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