When life gets hectic, superannuation can be the last thing on your mind. With bills, mortgages and any credit cards or loans you may be paying off, you’re hardly thinking about whether your 75-year-old self will be able to afford that Caribbean Cruise.
But contributing to super can be a great way to lower your taxable income, save money for some of the things you’ve always wanted, and enjoy a luxurious retirement on the Sunshine Coast.
You should discuss any potential tax and super strategies with your accountant or financial adviser.
The two types of super contributions.
- Pre-tax contributions or concessional contributions.
- Personal after-tax contributions or non-concessional contributions.
Generally pre-tax contributions are paid by your employer as compulsory employer superannuation contributions. However these contributions might not be enough for a comfortable retirement, so some people make additional pre-tax contributions via salary sacrificing or personal after-tax contributions as well.
To make pre-tax contributions via salary sacrificing, you should talk to your employer to see if this is available to you.
To make an after-tax contribution, you should:
- check the information about the Eligibility to Claim a Deduction on the ATO website to ensure you qualify; and
- then submit a “Notice of intent to claim or vary a deduction for personal super contributions form ” (Notice of Intention to Claim a Deduction form) with your super fund before the end of the financial year. Your super fund will send a written acknowledgment confirming they have received your valid Notice of Intention to Claim a Deduction form. You must receive this acknowledgment from your super fund before you claim a deduction in your tax return.
You’re one step closer to those shiny new golf clubs. But before you make an after-tax contribution, there are a few things to consider.
Keep within your cap.
A note for the over-achiever. If you’re making personal contributions to your super, keep in mind that there are limits on how much you can contribute each year. If you exceed your cap, you will have to pay extra tax.
With ING Living Super, your super doesn’t have to be a big mystery. You can check the your super balance online or over the phone, just like checking the balance of your other ING bank accounts, and keep tabs on just how close you are to that month-long Italian food safari.
The information is current as at publication and does not constitute tax advice. Any advice on this website is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and you should consider whether it is appropriate for you. You should discuss any potential tax and super strategies with your accountant or financial adviser.
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