Contribute to your super
Give your super a boost with extra contributions. For most of us, employer contributions alone won’t be enough to fund a comfortable retirement. The good news is that there are several ways you can boost your final benefit.
A great way to boost your super is to make voluntary contributions. Even small contributions can make a huge difference to your super. You can make voluntary contributions from your before-tax pay, known as salary sacrificing, or from your after-tax pay.
Personal contributions are the contributions made to your super fund from after-tax pay. These contributions are not taxed when they go into your super.
There are annual limits on after-tax contributions and tax penalties apply if you exceed them. For the 2021/22 financial year the non-concessional contribution cap is $110,000 per year. If you’re eligible, you may be able to start a bring-forward arrangement. This allows you to use up to three years of non-concessional contributions caps in a single financial year (3 years x $110,000 = $330,000). Find more information on contribution limits at the ATO website.
You can make personal contributions to NESS Super in several ways:
- by pay deduction sent to NESS Super with your employer’s normal contribution return
- by direct debit made by completing a NESS Super Direct Debit Request form for after tax contributions.
- by BPAY (your BPAY biller code and customer reference number is on your NESS Super member card).
Most employers let you contribute to your super through salary sacrificing from your before-tax pay. These concessional contributions are treated as employer contributions and are subject to a 15% contributions tax. Because this may be lower than your marginal tax rate, there may be tax benefits to contributing to your super in this way.
Keep in mind that there’s an annual cap on deductible contributions including employer contributions. Any contributions over the cap will be taxed at a higher rate than the concessional rate of 15%.
For the 2021/22 financial year, employer contributions (including salary sacrifice) are capped at $27,500 per year for all individuals. Over the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2021, the annual concessional contributions cap was set at $25,000.
If you contribute to your spouse’s super, you may be eligible for a tax offset. The tax offset applies to contributions made on behalf of non-working or low-income-earning spouses, whether married or de facto. The offset is up to 18% on super contributions of up to $3,000.
If you’re a low or middle-income earner and you make after-tax contributions to your super, you may be eligible for the government co-contribution scheme. If you are eligible, the government will match your personal super contributions up to a set maximum amount.
You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible, all you need to do is make eligible personal super contributions to your super fund and lodge an income tax return for the relevant year.
If you’re self-employed or work as a contractor, it’s important that you contribute to your super. If you are self-employed, you can claim your super contributions as a tax deduction. NESS Super can accept contributions from self-employed people as we are a public offer fund.
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