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Staying ‘super’ compliant

Employers have a legal responsibility to pay eligible employees superannuation to provide for their retirement. And although most employers do the right thing, some do try to bend the rules which can see them facing hefty penalties.

Employees are entitled to superannuation if they are paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month, this is known as the super guarantee (SG).

To remain complaint, employers must pay SG quarterly using SuperStream. Not paying on time or not paying the right amount may mean you need to pay the super guarantee charge (SGC) and you cannot claim a tax deduction for super payments.

Additionally, employers must report and rectify missed, late or underpaid SG contributions by lodging an SGC statement by the due date.

The ATO reminds employers who are able but unwilling to meet their obligations that they are breaking the law. Firm compliance action is taken for employers who:

– Repeatedly fail to pay the correct amount of SG
– Attempt to obstruct the ATO’s ability to determine an SGC liability
– Repeatedly fail to keep appointments
– Repeatedly fail to supply information that is irrelevant, inadequate or misleading
– Engage in any culpable behaviour to delay the provision of information.

The compliance history of an employer will determine the action of the ATO and the penalties to be applied.

Posted on 16 April '18 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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