With Australians embracing self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) at a steadily increasing rate, it was only a matter of time before the Federal Government moved the goal posts. Changes were announced in May 2016, before finally clearing Parliament in November 2016.

The rules are set to come into effect from 1 July 2017. Below is a look at the key changes:

Current rules
New rules – from 1 July 2017
Concessional (i.e. deductible) contributions
Annual limit of $30,000, or $35,000 for over 50s Annual limit of $25,000 regardless of age
No ‘carry-forward’ of any unused annual cap Ability to ‘catch-up’ unused cap on a rolling 5-year basis for those with <$500k in super (From 1 July 2018)
Additional 15% contributions tax for those earning <$300,000 Threshold reduces to $250,000
Deduction only allowed for personal contributions if <10% of your income is from employment No restriction based on source of income
Non-concessional (i.e. non-deductible) contributions
Annual limit of $180,000 Annual limit of $100,000 if you have <$1.6m in super
Under 65s can ‘bring-forward’, to make 3 years’ contributions – allows $540,000 in one year Ability to bring-forward limited to $300k, and only for those with <$1.6m in super after allowing for such contributions
Additional 15% contributions tax for those earning <$300,000 Threshold reduces to $250,000
Transition to retirement (“TRIS” or “TRIP”) allows Fund earnings to be tax-free 15% tax rate on Fund earnings
Unlimited amounts can be transferred to pension phase Limit of $1.6m, with excess taxed at 15% in the Fund


As with many tax laws, this raft of changes is very complex. They do however present some planning opportunities depending on your individual circumstances and objectives. For further information on the above and how it applies to you, please contact your MPT advisor.

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