Paying employees superannuation on time

Paying employees superannuation on time is a lawful duty. Superannuation contributions must be paid quarterly on the nominated due date. 28th October, 28th January, 28th April & 28th July at the correct rate.

This article is designed to shed light on the significance of meeting your superannuation obligations promptly.

Let’s think of superannuation not as another tax or government revenue but as a crucial commitment to your team’s future. It’s more than just a financial transaction; it’s about securing your employees’ well-deserved entitlements and ensuring they have a comfortable retirement.

Here’s the lowdown: most of your employees are eligible for super, and you might even need to contribute for certain contractors based on additional criteria. To navigate this, take a moment to review your employment contracts and working arrangements to determine your super obligations.

To make the process smoother, consider the following key points:

Employee Choice of Super Fund: Give your eligible workers the freedom to choose their super fund. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way in ensuring their financial goals align with their superannuation strategy.

Updated Payroll and Accounting Systems: Double-check that your payroll and accounting systems are current. Accurate calculations ensure you pay the right amount of super using the correct rate. This step safeguards against any unforeseen hiccups down the road.

Timely Super Payments: Last but certainly not least, paying your employees’ superannuation on time is crucial. This fulfills your obligations and reflects positively on your commitment to your team’s financial well-being.

What happens if you miss a payment date?

What happens if you miss a payment date?

We emphasise that the due date for superannuation payments is non-negotiable under the law.

Failure to pay the correct amount of super for your employees on time and to the designated fund requires lodging a super guarantee charge (SGC) statement and settling the SGC with the tax office.

Distinguishing SGC calculations from the regular SG contributions made on time is important. SGC computations are based on salary and wages, including overtime payments and Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE).

Bear in mind that the SGC exceeds the standard super contribution that would have been made to the employee’s fund and is not eligible for tax deduction. Furthermore, there’s the possibility of incurring additional penalties, reaching up to 200% of the SGC.

Ensuring timely and accurate super payments fulfills legal obligations and safeguards against potential financial implications.

How much super do you need to pay?

How much super do you need to pay?

Being well-versed in the specifics of superannuation payments for your eligible employees is crucial. The minimum superannuation you must pay is determined by applying the SG rate to your ordinary time earnings (OTE). Remember that staying informed about the current SG rate during the specific quarter you’re paying for is essential.

Understanding what falls under ordinary time earnings (OTE) is equally important. Ensure you know which payments are considered OTE to ensure accurate calculations and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Staying ahead of legislative changes is critical, as they can occur frequently and, at times, take retrospective effect.

Maintaining up-to-date payroll and accounting systems is crucial to complying with your obligations fully. Regular discussions with our team at North Advisory provide an additional layer of assurance.

Part of effective business management is the upkeep of employment and contractor records. This strengthens your operational foundation and facilitates the seamless claim of eligible deductions.

It’s worth noting that the record-keeping requirements differ based on whether your personnel is classified as an employee or a contractor. Familiarising yourself with this distinction before bringing individuals on board ensures a smooth and informed hiring process.

At North Advisory we help business owners achieve financial stability and growth. We aim to provide business owners with answers and advice supporting their long-term objectives. Contact us if you ever need clarification or assistance navigating these intricacies.

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