Salary sacrifice is a great way to grow your super to secure your financial future
Salary sacrifice is where you agree with your employer to make extra payments to your super from your before-tax salary. By making salary sacrifice contributions, you may reduce your taxable income and end up paying less income tax as a result.
What are the benefits?
The key is to take advantage of compound earnings (the returns you receive on your investment returns) by starting with extra contributions as early as possible. Your earnings are reinvested to provide you with more returns, which helps grow your investment over time.
It’s important to note that salary sacrifice isn’t suitable for everyone. For example, if your income tax rate is 15% or lower, salary sacrifice may not be appropriate.
To set up a salary sacrifice arrangement, you’ll need to arrange it directly with your Human Resources (HR) or payroll person.
Is there a contribution limit?
Salary sacrifice is a before-tax (concessional) contribution and there are limits to the amount you can contribute.
If you are:
Your annual concessional cap is:
Age 49 or over on 30 June 2016
Under age 49 on 30 June 2016
Note: From 1 July 2017, your concessional contributions cap will be $25,000 regardless of your age.
Your concessional contributions cap includes all before-tax contributions made to super, and is the annual limit per individual, not per fund. This means that contributions made to your other super funds are included in the limit and additional tax will apply to contributions in excess of the limit.
For more information, refer to the Super Guide or call us on 1300 362 415.
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