The rules for super contributions might be changing soon, but here’s how much you can contribute this year

Here are the superannuation contribution caps which currently apply for the 2015/16 financial year.

•    Contributions which qualify for a tax deduction

These are known as concessional contributions and the limit is aged based, as shown below. Generally you can only qualify for a tax deduction if you are self-employed.

However employees can benefit as well by making a contribution through salary sacrifice.

The limit includes any Super Guarantee your employer pays on your behalf.

Age               Tax deductible limit (2015/16)
Up to 49       $30,000
50+                $35,000

•    Contributions which do not qualify for a tax deduction

The current legislated maximum you can invest in super as a personal after-tax contribution is $180,000 p.a. (called a ‘non-concessional’ contribution). If you are under age 65, you have also been able to ‘bring forward’ up to two years of non-concessional contributions.

This means you could contribute $540,000 in one financial year, but you would not be allowed to make non-concessional contributions in the following two financial years.

However, a proposal from the 2016 Federal Budget is to replace the current non-concessional caps mentioned above with a $500,000 lifetime limit with a start-date of 3 May 2016 that would include previous non-concessional contributions made back to 1 July 2007.

This measure would only be effective if the Coalition is elected and the measure is passed by the Senate.

To ensure you don’t inadvertently exceed your contributions limit, always speak to your adviser about your superannuation contribution options.

•    The Government co-contribution

Currently, eligible workers earning up to $50,454 who make personal contributions to super can take advantage of the Government co-contribution of up to $500.

•    Spouse contributions

If your partner’s income is less than $13,800, you could qualify for a tax offset of up to $540 on the first $3,000 you contribute to superannuation for them from your after-tax income. This tax offset decreases as your partner’s income increases above $10,800.

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