The Government thinks that you are not using superannuation for its intended purpose – to fund retirement. As a result, the reforms introduce a whole series of measures that pare back the tax advantages for people with large super balances:
Non-concessional contributions capped at $1.6 million
Once your super balance has reached $1.6m, from 1 July 2017 you will no longer be able to make non-concessional contributions to super. So, you have until then to maximise your contributions (see Reduction in non-concessional contribution caps). Going forward, your super balance will be assessed at 30 June each year.
Concessional contributions cap reduced
From 1 July 2017, the annual concessional contribution cap will be reduced to $25,000 for everyone (currently $30,000 for those aged under 50 and $35,000 for those aged 50 and over).
30% tax on super extended to more taxpayers
High income earners with incomes of $300,000 or more pay 30% tax on contributions they make. From 1 July 2017, this threshold will reduce to $250,000.
The reforms likely to impact on you are: Reduction in non-concessional contribution caps If you …