There were a few changes to superannuation that were passed by the Senate recently.
You can now use the bring-forward rule to make three years’ worth of non-concessional contributions (where you don’t claim a tax deduction) up until the age of 67.
Last year the rules had changed to permit a person to make non-concessional contributions up to the age of 67 but the use of the bring-forward rule had stayed at an age limit of 65 years old, as it required a full Bill to be passed by both Houses of Parliament.
This new age limit will apply to contributions made on or after the 1st July 2020. This is particularly good news for people that turned 67 during the year and utilised the three year bring forward rule in anticipation of the law being passed.
From the first quarter after receiving royal assent (most likely to occur from 1st July), Self Managed Superannuation Funds will be allowed to have up to six members. The limit is currently four members. For larger families, this will be of particular use and relevance, as the parents involved in the fund may wish to include more than two children (this could potentially be up to four children involved in this case).
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party also passed through an amendment into the changes that will remove a charge on excess concessional contributions. Concessional contributions are those where you or your employer can claim a tax deduction on a contribution.
If you or your employer currently contribute over the allowable caps (usually limited to $25,000 but moving to $27,500 on 1 July) to your super, you are charged an amount of around 3% of the excess you contributed and it is calculated from the 1st of July in the year that you made the contribution up until the day your assessment is due.
There are still other charges that will apply to exceeding contribution allowable caps, such as Shortfall Interest Charge and General Interest Charge. The biggest is usually the Excess Concessional Contributions Charge.
This change was never announced and was not part of government policy but made it through anyway. One Nation also tried to increase the maximum allowable tax-deductible contributions for persons aged over 67 years old, but that amendment did not go through.
Another change that had not been previously announced was that if you had an amount released from super under the Covid Relief package ($10,000 per year for two years) then you will not be able to claim a tax deduction for the same amount that you contribute back into super up until 2030.
For example, Peter took his $20,000 under the Covid Release package. Peter contributes $1,000 per month into his superannuation fund and usually claims a tax deduction for that amount.
The first $20,000 that Peter contributes after 1st July 2021 will not be able to be claimed as a tax deduction. This only applies to personal contributions, so if your employer contributes on your behalf this will not impact you.
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