Survey: Australians in their forties unprepared for financial future

Australians are being urged to start thinking about their financial future early, after a survey* revealed most people in their 40s were unprepared for their retirement.

Data from the survey found 42 per cent of Australians in their 40s had “not even thought about planning for the financial future”.

“And, less than one in 10 people aged 40 to 49 have a comprehensive financial plan in place for their property, investments, insurance, savings and budget.”

The report said:  Without a clear plan in place to manage their money and grow their assets, people are missing an opportunity to set themselves and their families up for a comfortable and secure future.

These results highlight the need for all Australians – not just high income earners – to seek professional financial advice.

40*CUA’s National Mortgage Survey as reported in Money Management newspaper 18 June 2015

How much can you invest in super this financial year

Here are the superannuation contribution caps which 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

You could also invest up to $180,000 p.a. in super as a non-concessional contribution (i.e. you do not receive a tax deduction on this contribution). If you are under age 65, you can ‘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.

•    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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