Options for adding to your super

Adding to your super

You can boost your retirement savings by making voluntary super contributions, such as by:

Small changes you make now can make a big difference to your lifestyle in retirement.

Options for adding to your super

Maximising your super

Consider maximising your super contributions at least 10-15 years before the age you plan to retire. This can make a significant difference to your final super amount.

You can use the MoneySmart retirement planner to work out what your retirement income could be and think about the small changes you can make to build your super, or contact us, we can help put a strategy in place to help you build your nest egg. You should consider how much money you will need to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in retirement.

In adding to your super, keep in mind:

Keep track of your super and check that you receive all the super you’re entitled to from your employer under super guarantee.

Reportable super contributions

Your reportable super contributions include any:

  • personal deductible contributions you make for which you claim an income tax deduction

  • reportable employer super contributions your employer makes for you where you influenced the amount or rate of super your employer contributes, such as

    • contributions made under a salary sacrifice agreement

    • additional amounts paid to your super fund (for example, you directed an annual bonus to be paid to super)

    • an increased super contribution as a part of your negotiated salary package.

Reportable super contributions don’t include any compulsory contributions by your employer made under:

  • super guarantee

  • an industrial agreement

  • the trust deed or governing rules of a super fund

  • a federal, state or territory law.

You must include reportable super contributions in your tax return.

If your employer makes reportable employer super contributions on your behalf, they must include the total amount of these contributions in the income information they report to us. Reportable contributions made by your employer are shown on your income statement in ATO online services or your payment summary from your employer.

If you make personal contributions for which you have notified your super fund you’ll claim a tax deduction, this will be reported to us by your super fund and pre-filled in your online income tax return.

Main categories of superannuation contributions

Supercontributions

What reportable super contributions affect

Your reportable super contributions are not included in your taxable income, but they are added to your taxable income to work out if you meet the income tests for benefits, concessions and obligations we administer such as the:

  • Medicare levy surcharge threshold calculation

  • Medicare levy surcharge (lump sum payment in arrears) tax offset

  • net medical expenses tax offset (withdrawn from 1 July 2019)

  • invalid and invalid carer tax offset

  • zone tax offset when claiming for dependants

  • seniors and pensioners tax offset

  • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) repayments

  • deduction of your non-commercial business losses

  • super co-contribution (income threshold does not include deductions for super contributions)

  • low income super tax offset (income threshold)

  • the spouse superannuation contributions tax offset (spouse’s income threshold does not allow for deductions, including super contributions)

  • income tax concessions available to participants in certain employee share schemes.

If you made a personal contribution and did not claim an income tax deduction for it, the amount is not a reportable super contribution.

As well as affecting benefits, concessions and obligations administered by the ATO, reportable super contributions also affect some payments or services administered by Services Australia.

Check your options for adding to and growing your super. or speak to us for more information.

Source: ato.gov.au August 2023
Reproduced with the permission of the Australian Tax Office. This article was originally published on https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals-and-families/super-for-individuals-and-families/super/growing-and-keeping-track-of-your-super/how-to-save-more-in-your-super/options-for-adding-to-your-super
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Darryl Jopling

Senior Adviser

I have worked in the financial services industry since 1982 and as a Financial Adviser since 1999.

I have worked for large Financial Planning businesses, Membership based organisations and looked after the financial planning needs of clients within an Accounting Practice before starting my own business.

I am married, have 4 older children and a grandson and I am keen golfer with mixed results like many .

I have been through many of the strategies I talk with clients about myself and with my family.

I have been through the journey of seeing my parents move into Aged care and negotiated the difficulties and pitfalls of understanding the system for them and this gives me an excellent insight into what is required to assist families at this difficult time.

In a previous roll I used to run retirement seminars looking at Centrelink and Retirement Incomes and how to make these work for you. I have helped many of my clients with Aged Care advice when their parents needed to move into Nursing Homes. For many clients I assist them with superannuation, building wealth and protecting their loved ones with insurance.

I am supported by his, Licensee, Interprac Financial Planning’s in-house resources and ongoing technical, systems and training.

I am committed to understanding your needs and identifying strategies and products to help you achieve your goals.

My guiding principle as an Adviser is to design plans which help to provide my clients with clarity of purpose and the opportunity to build a solid financial foundation.
I will take the time to listen, explain things clearly and keep you informed throughout the advice process.

My experience is complemented by professional qualifications including:

  • Certified Financial PlannerTM Professional
  • Diploma of Financial Planning

At Choice Financial Advice we work with you along the way on life’s journey.

Whether you are getting married, starting a family, embarking on the trip of a lifetime, planning to enjoy your years after work or assisting elderly parents with Aged Care and Nursing Home placements, we can help.