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Proposed changes to superannuation contribution rules

Posted by Northadvisory on April 2, 2019

From July 1 2020, Australians aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary superannuation contributions, both concessional and non-concessional, without meeting the Work Test.

Currently, they can only make voluntary contributions if they meet the Work Test, which requires that they work a minimum of 40 hours over a 30 day period.

This means that Australians aged 65 or 66 years who don’t meet the work test, because they may only work one day a week or volunteer, will now be able to make voluntary contributions to their superannuation.

This will align the Work Test with the eligibility age for the Age Pension, which is scheduled to reach 67 from 1 July 2023.

There are around 55,000 Australians aged 65 and 66 who will benefit from this reform in 2020-21.

In addition, the age limit for spouse contributions will increase from 69 to 74 years. Currently, those aged 70 years and over cannot receive contributions made by another person on their behalf.

There will also be extended access to the bring-forward arrangements, which currently allow those aged less than 65 years to make three years’ worth of non-concessional contributions, which are capped at $100,000 a year, to their super in a single year. This will now be extended to those aged 65 and 66.

If you require any further information, please contact Martin van der Saag of this office.

Martin van der Saag
Partner
T: 02 9984 7774
E: martinv@northadvisory.com.au