Skip to main content

Is my Superannuation being taxed?


Many of you may have noticed on your recent superannuation statement that an amount has been deducted for tax. Superannuation tax can be a little confusing, many people in fact believe that they pay no tax in their super.  Unfortunately this isn’t true.
Each year your employer pays 9.5% of your salary into your nominated super fund in order to meet their Superannuation Guarantee obligations.  For every dollar that your employer pays into your fund, 15% of it is taken as contributions tax.  It’s worse if you earn over $300k per year when the tax paid jumps up to 30%.
If you’re a savvy investor, you’ll have your super invested in funds that earn income throughout the year.  Be it interest, rent, dividends and so forth.  These earnings don’t escape tax. They are in fact also taxed at 15%.
Of course these tax rates are well below most people’s personal tax rates.  So having your money in super does mean you’re paying a lower rate.  The trade off for this is that you can’t access your money until you reach preservation age which for most of us is age 60.
So what does all this mean? The fact is, no one likes paying tax, and tax on super is difficult to minimise as you can’t apply any personal tax deductions to your super fund.
Is there anything you can do?  There are two things you can do to help.  Firstly you can invest in good quality superannuation funds that enjoy strong growth rates.  This won’t reduce the tax paid but you won’t mind as much if your balance is growing strongly. 
The second thing you can do is be mindful that most high quality superannuation funds allocate part of your money to Australian based, high quality shares.  These shares for the most part, enjoy tax credits on the income they earn.  It’s a little complicated, but the income earned (known as dividends) will often have an associated tax credit that can be used by your super fund to offset tax paid on the earnings.
Understanding tax is a full time job and best left to the experts.   However, you should at least be aware of what you’re paying and by taking a few prudent steps, do your best to minimise it.
An event plug now...if enjoying some pizza and beverages while being at an information session about "you and your super" sounds reasonable to you,  I am holding an informal session later this month - find out more about the Pizza Business After Hours here. 
Andrew O’Brien and Hindsight Group Pty Ltd t/as Hindsight Wealth Pty Ltd (ABN 88 168 442 528) are Authorised Representatives of Synchron AFS Licence No 243313.  Andrew O'Brien. FINANCIAL ADVISER. P 07 3852 3025  0403 156 625  E andrew@hindsightwealth.com Suite 4 / 30 Florence Street, Newstead QLD 4006.  View our Privacy Policy here. 

Popular posts from this blog

Are You Entitled to Long Service Leave in the Mining Industry?

I often get asked about eligibility for long-service leave.
There seems to be a little bit of confusion surrounding this topic. 
Traditionally, long service leave applies to an employee who has been with the same employer for several years (typically 8-10).
Depending on the industry, an amount of leave is available after that time.  For example, some industries provide 1.3 weeks of long service leave for each completed year of service.After 10 years they are eligible for 13 weeks.
Of course, if you leave that employer prior to the 10 years, it’s unlikely any accrued amount will be paid out and in most cases, it’s not transferable to the next employer.
In the Coal Mining Industry, things are a little different.  In 1992, the Australian Government introduced the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act.
It’s a complicated piece of legislation.However, the idea is to allow eligible employees to transport their accrued long-service leave from one employer to the next. 
Eligi…

Do Aussies Still Want a Job in The Resources Industry?

Last week I read an article titled “Why Aussies aren’t rushing to fill the thousands of vacant mining jobs.”  See the below article extract:
“As the limping industry picks up again, and global companies including BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue start construction on new mines, a lot of Aussies who made those exact companies millions of dollars aren’t as ready to jump on a plane.

Five years ago, Australia was in the middle of one of its biggest mining booms in history.

Thousands of people became fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers, spending four weeks battling through 12- hour days and then jetting back home for a few days to see their families — before doing it all over again.

The salary was great, often cracking more than $150,000, but the sacrifice was even greater.

The FIFO profession earnt itself such a bad reputation that a number of Aussies who worked in the first boom have said there’s no way they’d go back again.”

Obviously, this is not a new school of thought for some of us.In fact, I’ve p…

Unlocking the Mystery of your Super Statement

Superannuation statements. Boring, right? But if, like many people, you toss your annual super statement in a drawer or hit delete, you could be depriving yourself of many thousands of dollars just when you need it. It’s worth the small effort to take a closer look at your superannuation statement. If everything is in order, you’ll get a warm glow from watching your nest egg grow. Conversely, a quick check of your statement may reveal some of the common problems that occur with super; and the sooner these are fixed the quicker your savings can increase. What to look for The layouts of statements vary between super funds, but there is standard information that must be provided. Some items may appear in summary form, with a detailed breakdown shown elsewhere. Here are the key things to look for: ·Contributions or funds in. This will cover employer and personal contributions, government contributions and rebates, plus any rollovers. If you’re an employee earning more than $450 per month, yo…