Super Reforms: The window of opportunity is closing

Super Reforms the window of opportunity is closing

Written by James Weir

James specialises in the theory and best practice of portfolio construction and management. His success within national and international investment banks led him to become a Co-Founder of Steward Wealth and he is a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review.
April 27, 2017

Superannuation is by far Australia’s most tax effective investment strategies – helping many savvy investors create significant nest eggs free from the clutches of the tax department.

However, on 1st July, 2017 the federal government will be clamping down on the tax advantages with superannuation reforms.

One of the biggest changes being introduced is a ceiling of $1.6 million on the amount you can have in your super fund that is tax free when you retire – it doesn’t matter if it’s an industry fund, a retail fund or a Self Managed Super Fund. That $1.6 million tax-free amount is called your ‘pension account’, which is the portion of your super fund that literally pays you an income.

You can start drawing that pension once you’re over 55, in some situations, or when you’re over 65, whether or not you’ve actually retired.

Under the old system there was no limit to how much you could have in your tax free pension. But now, anything in your fund above that $1.6 million, will be held in an ‘accumulation account’ and you will have to pay 15% tax on any earnings you make. Whether that’s income from share dividends, rent from a property, or capital gains from selling an investment.

The good news is, there is still time to capitalize on the good old tax advantages, but you need to act now.

Miss the 30th June deadline and you’ll risk a significant impact on your retirement funds.

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This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Steward Wealth.

This information is of a general nature only and nothing on this site should be taken as personal financial or investment advice, or a recommendation to buy or sell a particular product. You should seek advice from Steward Wealth who can consider if the general advice is right for you.

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