The reforms likely to impact on you are:
Tax concessions limited to pension balances up to $1.6 million
The reforms introduce a $1.6m ‘transfer cap’ on the amount you can hold in a superannuation pension. This means that if you are in pension phase, the balance of your pension needs to be no more than $1.6m.
Low Super Balances and Broken Employment
There is a lot in the reforms for people who have not had the opportunity to build their super balances.
‘Catch up’ super contributions
Normally, annual caps limit what you can contribute to superannuation. The reforms allow people with broken work patterns to ‘catch up’ their concessional super contributions. From 1 July 2018, people with super balances below $500,000 will be able to rollover their unused concessional caps for up to 5 years. Unused cap amounts can be carried forward from the 2018-19 financial year; which means the first opportunity to use these new rules will be 2019-20.
Tax offset for low income earners
A new tax offset will be available for people earning less than $37,000. The offset refunds any tax paid on super contributions.
Tax offset for topping up your spouse’s super
Currently, if your spouse earns less than $10,800, you can claim a tax offset of up to $540 if you make super contributions on their behalf. This offset is being extended to spouses who earn up to $40,000.
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