Investing extra money into your super is one way you can help set yourself up for a more comfortable retirement. Deposits of small change now can equal big savings later. For example, an extra $10 a week, could mean an extra $18,733 in retirement1.
Things to consider
Before topping up your super you should consider what’s best for you. There are a range of ways you can boost your super.
- Salary sacrifice contributions
- After tax contributions
- Government co contributions
- Tax offsets.
Contributions and offsets may be subject to limits and criteria set by the government. Learn more about each strategy at the MoneySmart website.
If you’re aged over 65 and under 75, you must work at least 40 hours in any 30 consecutive day period during the current financial year to make after-tax contributions to your super. This is called the ‘work test’.
There’s an exemption for the work test if you have less than $300,000 in super. This means you can also make these contributions for up to 12 months after the financial year when you last met the work test, provided that we receive your contributions before 28 days after the end of the month in which you turned 75. You also must not have used this exemption in a previous financial year.
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If your needs are more complex, we can put you in touch with a financial adviser from Mine Super Financial Advice.
1Calculation made using superguru.com.au calculator and based on a 35-year-old person putting an additional $10 each week into their super account, assuming 4.80% pa growth over 32 years calculation as at July 2019.
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