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FBT rate change 1 April

Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) rate to decrease 1 April 2017 The FBT rate change is because of the 2% Debt Tax (Temporary Budget Repair Levy) on high-income earners which imposes a 2% levy on every dollar of a taxpayer’s annual taxable income over $180,000 from 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2017. The FBT rate…

Defined Benefit Pensions

Defined Benefit Pensions

For the purposes of the $1.6m pension cap (transfer balance cap), defined benefit pensions (e.g. lifetime pensions historically received in the public sector and some private sector legacy pensions, such as market linked pensions) will be subject to special valuation rules as these pensions do not generally have an underlying capital balance (ie they are…

Super Reform: What SMSFs absolutely need to consider before 30 June

Transition to Retirement Pensions

Transition to retirement pensions will not qualify for any earnings tax exemption from 1 July 2017. All earnings on transition to retirement pension assets will be taxed at the standard super fund tax rate of 15%. A transition to retirement pension is generally a pension received by someone between the ages of 55 to 65…

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Capital Gains Tax (CGT) relief

CGT relief The new rules include CGT relief for those who will be required to unwind existing pension arrangements. The CGT provisions effectively deem a disposal and reacquisition as at 30 June 2017, meaning any unrealised gains on existing pension assets will generally not be taxed on a disposal following commencement of the new rules.…

Non-Concessional Contributions (no tax deduction)

Non-Concessional Contributions (no tax deduction)

New non-concessional annual contribution cap rules The new non-concessional annual contribution cap rules broadly sees the current system of non-concessional contributions continuing however with lower caps provided your superannuation account balance is less than $1.6m as follows: Up to 30 June 2017: $180,000 (for individuals <65 – eligible for 3 year bring forward rule) From…

$1.6m Pension Cap (Transfer Balance Cap)

$1.6m Pension Cap (Transfer Balance Cap)

There will be a $1.6m cap on the amount of capital that a person can transfer into retirement products such as superannuation, pensions and annuities. The transfer balance cap applies from 1 July 2017 and applies to both existing and new pensions. The cap is an individual cap and applies on an individual-by-individual basis taking…