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Maximising your personal tax return

There are a couple of things that you can do before June 30 to maximise your personal tax return:

1. Spend up on deductible expenses: By prepaying your tax-deductible expenses for the year, you can bring the deduction forward into the current financial year.

3. Charitable donations: If you are considering donating money to charity, get it done quickly so that you can claim a deduction in this financial year.

2. Delay receiving income: If you can, try to defer receiving income until after June 30. By doing this, you will be able to minimise your taxable income in this financial year.

4. Fix up investment properties: If you own an investment property, you may wish to bring forward any maintenance. You can claim a lot of work that is done to an investment property as a tax deduction.

5. High income earners should consider health insurance: To avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge, high-income earners may wish to take out private health cover.

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Tax on super death benefits for dependants vs non-dependants

July 9, 2020

A super death benefit is the super paid after a person’s death, usually to a nominated beneficiary. These benefits are subject to different tax treatments, depending on whether the beneficiaries are dependant or non-dependant.

Superannuation death benefits will generally be received tax-free by tax dependants, who are considered to be:

Dependants will not have to pay tax on the tax-free component of their super in the event that they:

However, they will be taxed at their marginal rate if they receive a capped benefit income stream and:

Not all super death benefits are subject to tax; for non-dependants, there is a taxable portion. This component is largely made up of after-tax super contributions that the deceased member has made.

Super death benefit payments are subject to tax when:

Non-dependants must calculate how much money in the super account is a:

The amount of tax non-dependants pay will be based on their marginal tax rate, however, this amount may be reduced by tax offsets. For the taxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is your marginal tax rate of 17% (whichever is lower). For the untaxed element of the taxable component, the effective tax rate is 32% or your marginal tax rate (whichever is lower).