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Reduced super concessions under Division 293 tax

A tax may apply to individuals with high incomes to reduce the amount of concession paid on their super contributions. This tax is known as Division 293 tax.

Division 293 tax was introduced to reduce the concession on superannuation contributions for individuals with income greater than $300,000 per annum.

Under Division 293 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 tax will be payable on certain contributions made from 1 July 2012.

If an individual’s income for surcharge purposes, plus their low-tax contributions are greater than $300,000, they may be liable to pay an extra 15 per cent tax on their taxable contributions.

For individuals who are members of a defined benefit fund Division 293 tax may be calculated on notional contributions, which are not capped.

There are also modifications to the contribution calculation for constitutionally protected state higher level office holders or Commonwealth justice.

To calculate whether an individual has income and low-tax contributions greater than $300,000 the ATO will be looking at:

-taxable income

-total reportable fringe benefit amounts

-net financial investment loss

-net rental property loss

-amounts on which family trust distribution tax has been paid

-super lump sum taxed elements with a zero tax rate.

The ATO will begin issuing Division 293 tax notices of assessment for the 2012-13 financial year to affected individuals from early February 2014.

Posted on 28 March '14 by , under Tax.

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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.
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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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