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Changes to superannuation work test age

July 3, 2020  |  #Government Policy #Superannuation

There are now more options and flexibility available within superannuation and retirement planning with recent changes to the superannuation work test age as set in the 2019 Federal Budget. From July 1st 2020 the superannuation work test age will be moved from 65 to 67 years of age, allowing more time for Australians to save for retirement.

Changes to work age test

Previously those aged over the age of 65 were required to meet a work test to be able to make personal contributions to their superannuation funds. As of July 1st, 2020, those aged 65 and 66 are no longer required to meet this requirement.

i.e. People who are aged 65 and 66, who are retired, can make personal contributions to their superannuation up to $125,000 utilising both concessional and non-concessional caps.

If you have recently acquired a lump sum of money or have recently sold an investment asset, it may be advantageous to make additional contributions to your superannuation.

Example: 

A client who retired last year turned 65 on the 20th of June. They received a lump sum from an inheritance of $50,000 on 25 June 2020. In the past, they would have been unable to contribute that $50,000 to super unless they met the work test. Now as a result of the change, they can contribute this into their super and get it into a tax-effective environment.

 

You can read more about why making additional super contributions can benefit you come tax time here.

 

These changes may create new available strategies within your retirement plan. We recommend you make contact with your adviser if you think this is something you may benefit from.

 

If you’re needing an extra helping hand and are ready to speak with a financial planner, please get in touch

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