Superannuation ‘work test’ watered down & age limit for spouse contributions increased
|Date of effect||1 July 2020|
As previously announced, from 1 July 2020, Australians aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary superannuation contributions (concessional $25,000 p.a. and non-concessional $100,000 p.a.) without meeting the Work Test. Currently, voluntary contributions can only be made if the individual has worked a minimum of 40 hours over a 30 day period (Work Test). Those aged 65 and 66 will also be able to access the “bring forward rule” and make up to three years of non-concessional contributions ($300,000). Accordingly, it is possible that someone aged 65 could over a two year period contribute $450,000 into superannuation (concessional 2 x $25,000 and non-concessional $100,000 + $300,000) to boost their superannuation retirement savings subject to the $1.6m superannuation contribution cap.
In addition, the age limit for spouse contributions will be increased from 69 to 74 years. Currently, those aged 70 years and over cannot receive contributions made by another person on their behalf.
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Permanent tax relief for merging super funds
The current tax relief for merging superannuation funds is due to expire on 1 July 2020. The Government will extend this measure permanently.
The tax relief, which enables superannuation funds to transfer revenue and capital losses to a new merged fund, and to defer taxation consequences on gains and losses from revenue and capital assets, has been available since December 2008.
Opt-in insurance delay
The Government will delay until 1 October 2019, the start date for reforms that ensure insurance within superannuation is only offered on an opt‑in basis for accounts with balances of less than $6,000 and new accounts belonging to members under the age of 25 years.
Defence Force members can stay in super fund after discharge
Eligibility to Australian Defence Force Superannuation Scheme (ADF Super) membership will be extended to allow ADF Super members to choose to remain contributory members after discharge.