The July 2021 Superannuation Changes

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The July 2021 Superannuation Changes

Changes from 1 July 2021 will impact on how much money you can contribute to superannuation and how much you can have in your retirement phase superannuation account.


In general, your superannuation is either in an accumulation account (when you are building your super), a retirement account (when you meet preservation age and certain conditions of release and can withdraw your super), or in between when you are transitioning to retirement (when you reach preservation age, are working reduced hours and take some of your superannuation as a pension).  

The amount of money you can transfer from your accumulation account into your tax-free retirement account is limited by a transfer balance cap (TBC).

From 1 July 2021, the current $1.6m general TBC will be indexed to $1.7m and once indexed, no single cap will apply to all individuals (each person will have an individual TBC between $1.6m and $1.7m).

Indexation will also change other superannuation caps and limits including:

  • Non-concessional contributions (contributions from after tax income)
  • Concessional contributions (contributions from before tax income such as super guarantee, salary sacrificed super amounts, or contributions you make and claim a tax deduction for etc.)
  • Co-contributions (personal contributions made by low and middle income earners matched by the Government up to $500), and
  • Contributions you make on behalf of your spouse that are eligible for a tax-offset.

How will the transfer balance cap impact me?

The amount you can contribute to super will increase


Indexation will increase the concessional and non-concessional contribution caps from 1 July 2021. These caps are indexed by average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE).

Cap
Current cap
Cap from 1 July 2021
Concessional contributions cap
$25,000
$27,500
Non-concessional contributions cap
$100,000
$110,000


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Important information:
 This document contains general advice. It does not take account of your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider talking to a financial adviser before making a financial decision.

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