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Reduced super concessions under Division 293 tax

A tax may apply to individuals with high incomes to reduce the amount of concession paid on their super contributions. This tax is known as Division 293 tax.

Division 293 tax was introduced to reduce the concession on superannuation contributions for individuals with income greater than $300,000 per annum.

Under Division 293 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 tax will be payable on certain contributions made from 1 July 2012.

If an individual’s income for surcharge purposes, plus their low-tax contributions are greater than $300,000, they may be liable to pay an extra 15 per cent tax on their taxable contributions.

For individuals who are members of a defined benefit fund Division 293 tax may be calculated on notional contributions, which are not capped.

There are also modifications to the contribution calculation for constitutionally protected state higher level office holders or Commonwealth justice.

To calculate whether an individual has income and low-tax contributions greater than $300,000 the ATO will be looking at:

-taxable income

-total reportable fringe benefit amounts

-net financial investment loss

-net rental property loss

-amounts on which family trust distribution tax has been paid

-super lump sum taxed elements with a zero tax rate.

The ATO will begin issuing Division 293 tax notices of assessment for the 2012-13 financial year to affected individuals from early February 2014.

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital.

When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money.

You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement.

If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.