Reminder: super changes for the 2021 financial year

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The government’s long-slated “flexibility in superannuation” legislation is finally law. This means from 1 July 2021, individuals aged 65 and 66 can now access the bring-forward arrangement in relation to non-concessional super contributions. The excess contributions charge will be removed for anyone who exceeds their concessional contributions cap, and individuals who received a COVID-19 super […]

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FB2020 Superannuation

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Super reforms: accounts to be stapled to members; best financial interests duty; other The Government will provide $159.6 million to implement reforms to superannuation to improve outcomes for super fund members. The Your Future, Your Super package, which will seek to reduce the number of duplicate accounts held by employees as a result of changes in […]

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Individuals

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Deduct work-related expenses People overclaiming deductions for work-related expenses like vehicles, travel, internet and mobile phones and self-education are on the ATO’s hitlist again this year. There are three main rules when it comes to work-related claims: You can only claim a deduction for money you have actually spent (and that your employer hasn’t reimbursed). […]

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ATO reminds SMEs about paying super for backpackers

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The ATO has reminded businesses that employ backpackers that they may need to pay superannuation guarantee (SG) for them. Backpackers on working holidays are considered temporary residents, and are entitled to superannuation guarantee if they are paid $450 or more before tax in a calendar month. Once they leave Australia, they can claim the super […]

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Protecting Your Super – how new law may affect SMSFs

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The Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019 introduces a number of reforms to protect individual’s super savings from undue erosion by fees and unnecessary insurance. The ATO says it will now be able to proactively consolidate eligible unclaimed super money into eligible active super accounts, including SMSFs and small APRA funds, if […]

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Super death benefit for de facto partner upheld

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The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal against a decision to pay a superannuation death benefit pension to a fire fighter’s de facto partner instead of a lump sum to his estate in Howard v Batistich [2019] FCA 525. The trustee of the Crown Employees Superannuation Fund determined that the respondent, Ms Batistich, was a […]

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Super guarantee amnesty not yet law, but $100 million recovered

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The ATO has recovered around $100 million in unpaid superannuation from employers since the 12-month super guarantee amnesty was proposed on 24 May 2018, even though the law hasn’t yet changed to put the amnesty in place. At a Senate Economics Legislation Committee hearing in April, ATO Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation Mr James O’Halloran estimated that […]

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Federal Budget – Superannuation

Super contributions work test exemption extended; spouse contributions age limit increased The Budget confirmed the Treasurer’s announcement on 1 April 2019 that individuals aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary superannuation contributions from 1 July 2020 (both concessional and non-concessional) without needing to meet the contributions work test. The age limit for […]

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Super guarantee compliance: time to take action

The government’s latest initiatives targeting non-compliance with superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations give businesses plenty to think about. With Single Touch Payroll on the way for small businesses, all employers should take time to review their arrangements for paying employees’ super. The government is proposing a 12-month “amnesty” for employers to voluntarily disclose and correct any […]

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ATO issuing excess super contributions determinations

The ATO has begun issuing determinations to people who exceeded their concessional superannuation contributions cap for the 2017–2018 financial year. These determinations will also trigger amended income tax assessments and additional tax liabilities. Individuals can elect for the ATO to withdraw their excess contributions from their super fund to pay any additional personal tax liability. […]

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