The Latest News on Superannuation Changes

Personal Superannuation Contributions

Individuals with a total superannuation balance of less than $500,000 will be able to make catch-up superannuation contributions using their unused concessional contributions cap. The unused concessional contributions cap can be accessed on a rolling basis for five years.

Salary Sacrifice

Legislation has been enacted to prevent employers from using employee salary sacrificed amounts to reduce their minimum superannuation guarantee.

Super Guarantee Non-Compliance

Applications for the super guarantee (SG) amnesty closed on 7 September 2020. If you have any unpaid or late paid super to disclose after this date, you will need to lodge a Superannuation guarantee charge statement and pay the super guarantee charge (SGC).

Reducing Superannuation Minimum Drawdown Rates

The minimum drawdown requirements have been reduced by 50% for 2019–20 and 2020–21 income years, to support retirees with account-based pensions and similar products from having to sell investment assets in their self-managed super funds (SMSF) to fund minimum drawdown requirements.

Capital Gains Tax

Exempting Granny Flat Arrangements

The government has announced they will provide a targeted capital gains tax (CGT) exemption for granny flat arrangements where there is a formal written agreement.
The exemption will apply to arrangements with older Australians or those with a disability.

Small Business CGT Concessions

Be aware of the additional basic condition for the small business CGT concessions if the CGT asset is a share in a company or interest in a trust.

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Please Note: Many of the comments in this publication are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular circumstances.