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From 1 July this year, you can withdraw contributions made to the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS) to purchase your first home. The FHSSS allows eligible first home buyers to save their deposit in the concessionally taxed super environment.
You can make super contributions of up to $300,000 per person from the sale of your home after 1 July this year, if aged 65 or over and you meet other conditions. These contributions don’t count towards the caps and can be made even if you don’t meet the usual age, work and other contribution tests.
The tax cuts announced in this year’s Federal Budget have been legislated. The first tranche took effect on 1 July this year, providing savings of up to $530 – see table below. There are a number of things you could consider doing with the extra cash, such as paying off debt and making extra super contributions (see opportunity 4).
Tax paid in 2017/18
Tax savings in 2018/191
1 Source: Budget 2018-19 fact sheet, ‘Lower, fairer and simpler taxes’
From 1 July 2017, most people (including employees for the first time) are eligible to claim personal super contributions as a tax deduction. By doing this, you could reduce your taxable income and give your super savings a much needed boost.
If you make concessional (pre-tax) super contributions of less the cap of $25,000 in 2018/19, you may be able to carry forward unused cap amounts, for use in a future financial year. This is worth keeping in mind – particularly if you take time off work or work part-time. It means you may be able to make ‘catch-up’ concessional contributions from 1 July 2019, if your cashflow allows. Concessional contributions include all employer contributions (super guarantee and salary sacrifice), personal contributions claimed as a tax deduction and certain other amounts.
There are some changes that took effect on 1 July this year you need to be aware of. If a pension is started or is running in your fund, you might need to start reporting certain events to the ATO using the ‘Transfer Balance Account Reporting’. Also if you start a new limited recourse borrowing arrangement, the outstanding balance will count to your ‘total super balance’ if you have satisfied certain ‘conditions of release’ or the arrangement is with a related party.
To find out more about these opportunities you could visit the ATO website or consult a financial adviser.