The government provides generous tax incentives to encourage Australians to invest in super. The more you take advantage of these, the more super you’re likely to accumulate over time. For example, you might consider setting up a salary sacrifice arrangement with your employer. This will allow you to make super contributions from your pre-tax salary and could also reduce your income tax bill.
Depending on your income and family situation, you may be eligible for other benefits, such as the government co-contribution or a tax rebate when making contributions to your spouse’s super (both are subject to eligibility criteria). We can also show you how you may be able to save tax by paying for your life insurance through your super.
Some people find it difficult to know how much to contribute to super. In truth, there is no right or wrong amount, although there are limits (as required by legislation) to how much you can contribute each year. Our approach is to start at the end and ask you what sort of lifestyle you want in retirement. The more extensive your plans, the more super you’re likely to need to provide sufficient retirement income. It also helps to know how long you plan to keep working and what other income-producing assets you have.
If you own a small or medium-sized business, we can advise you on how to structure a corporate super plan that takes into account any salary packaging requirements and remuneration programs.
It is never too late to take control of your super. However, the rules are complex, so it is important to get expert advice to ensure you make the most of your superannuation savings.
There are several intricacies that relate to superannuation, and we specialise in the following areas plus many more;
- Personal Super
- Salary Sacrificing
- Transition to retirement
Using superannuation as a savings vehicle is a tax-effective way to increase your savings to meet your retirement goals.
- Contributions into superannuation can be tax-effective, particularly if made under a salary sacrifice arrangement or if the contributions are tax-deductible, because the contributions are effectively being made with pre-tax money.
- The rate of return inside superannuation may be higher after-tax than investing outside superannuation. This is because earnings inside superannuation are taxed at a maximum rate of just 15%, whereas earnings from non-superannuation investments are generally taxed at marginal tax rates. This helps savings to grow faster.
- Superannuation money is tax-free if withdrawn after age 60 (unless withdrawn from an untaxed fund).
- Superannuation can be used to provide a tax-effective income stream in retirement.