With the end of the financial year fast approaching, I’d like to remind you about some potential opportunities for super contributions. There are a number of strategies that may be of benefit in the lead up to 30 June:
- Co-contributions: Individuals who are working and have Assessable Income + Reportable Fringe Benefits & Reportable Employer Super contributions under $46,920 can qualify for some matching from the government – as per the attached flyer, it’s free money in your super!
- Self employed – deductible contributions: those looking to reduce their taxable income can consider a contribution to super before 30 June, either personally (sole traders/partnerships) or from the company (Pty Ltd business operators). Be mindful of the limits outlined below.
- Employees – Salary Sacrifice: Salary Sacrifice arrangements (as outlined in the attached) are a very effective means of reducing taxable income and boosting retirement savings. Again, be aware of the limits.
- Spouse Contributions: A tax rebate (maximum $540) may be available for after-tax contributions to super on behalf of a low-income spouse. See attached flyer for more information.
Some things to be mindful of:
- Timing of payments: ensure contributions are made in time to be applied before 30 June, or they will likely be counted against next financial year’s limits.
- Contribution caps: for the current financial year, Concessional Contributions (employer compulsory, salary sacrifice and member contributions where a tax deduction is claimed) are limited to $25,000 regardless of your age.
- Employer payment of insurances or fees can also count against these limits, in some cases being funded by additional contributions.
With investment markets starting to show a return of optimism, it is a great opportunity to invest in a tax effective manner. If contemplating any contributions, please clarify your individual situation with your planner.
As always if there is anything we can do to advise or assist, please contact AGS Financial Group or click here.
Published : 26 Mar 2013