Extra 15% contributions tax for $300,000+ incomes - 29th July 2013

From 1 July 2012, individuals earning above $300,000 must pay an additional 15% tax on concessional contributions. That is, the effective contributions tax has doubled from 15% to 30% for concessional contributions (up to the cap of $25,000 or, for older taxpayers from 2013-2014, $35,000) made on behalf of individuals above the $300,000 income threshold.

However, despite this extra 15% tax, it should be noted there is still an effective tax concession of 15% (ie the top marginal rate less 30%) on concessional contributions up to the cap of $25,000 (or $35,000).

TIP: Individuals with incomes above $300,000 may want to consider limiting their concessional contributions to compulsory superannuation guarantee contributions (9.25% for 2013-2014) where such benefits can be packaged in a more tax-effective manner. Alternatively, these individuals may want to consider whether it is more beneficial to instead make after-tax non-concessional contributions

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