On 1 July 2017, some of the biggest changes to Australian superannuation came into effect – making what was already a confusing set of rules even more complex. Super remains the most tax effective way to save for your retirement, but the new rules may mean you need to rethink your tax plan.
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Time to rethink super and tax
The new changes to super make tax planning even more important for high income earners and people nearing retirement.
If the stricter contribution limits affect you, it’s the perfect time to speak to an adviser and work out the best tax plan for your circumstances.
Your options could include:
- Utilising the ‘bring forward’ rule to expedite your super contributions
If you are under the age of 65 and have less than $1.6m in super, you may be able to bring-forward up to three years’ worth of non-concessional contributions into your super. So instead of contributing a maximum of $100,000 in one year, you may be able to bring forward your contributions for the next few years and invest up to $300,000 into your super. That’s $300,000 which will be taxed at a maximum of 15 cents in the dollar rather than the marginal rate of up to 47 cents in the dollar.
- Putting your surplus income in alternative investment structures such as a family discretionary trust or insurance and investment bonds
These two structures are back in vogue. Whilst not as tax effective as super, they may be the next best thing. Also, they can be more flexible than super for people who wish to access their money before their superannuation preservation age.
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