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Increased access to Superannuation Clearing House

The ATO has changed the conditions of registration for businesses to access the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online service available for small businesses to make super contributions for their employees. The Tax Office is now allowing businesses with 19 or less employees or businesses with an annual aggregated turnover of $10 million or less to use the service.

These employers can now make super guarantee contributions as a single electronic payment to the Clearing House and it will then distribute the payments to employees’ funds.

The super guarantee contributions count as paid on the date the Clearing House accepts them. Employers have 21 days to pass an employee’s choice of fund to the Clearing House.

The Clearing House reduces red tape and compliance costs for small business.

In early 2018, the Clearing House will be integrated with other ATO online services in the Business Portal to better serve the growing number of users.

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Expanded super for older Australians

April 12, 2019

The 2019-20 Federal Budget has placed a strong focus on the growth of the economy whilst also having the intention to look after older Australians.

Older Australians will benefit from the work test exemption age being extended from age 64 to 66. The work test requires an individual to work at least 40 hours in any 30 day period in the financial year in order to make voluntary personal contributions.

This change in age will now allow individuals aged 65 and 66 who previously didn’t meet the work test to contribute three years of after-tax contributions in a single year, meaning up to $300,000 can be injected into an account with less than $1.6 million in super (tax-free pension threshold). This adjustment aligns with the increase for the Age Pension from 65 to 67.

Spousal contributions can now be made until age 74, up from age 65, without having to meet the work test. Under spousal contribution regulations, an individual can claim an 18% tax offset of contributions up to $3,000 made on behalf of a non-working partner. A further $3,000 can be contributed but with no tax offset.