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Catch-up concessional contributions

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Make larger concessional contributions if you haven’t used all of your concessional cap in an earlier year. 

How does it work?

If you make or receive concessional contributions (CCs) of less than the annual concessional contributions cap of $27,500 pa (for the 2022/23 financial year), you may be able to accrue these unused amounts and carry forward for use in subsequent financial years. This is known as catch-up concessional contributions.

Catch-up concessional contribution can accrue from 2018/19. Unused cap amounts can be carried forward for up to five years before they expire. To be eligible to make catch-up CCs, one criteria is your total super balance must be below $500,000 at the prior 30 June.

What are the benefits?

This option provides greater flexibility to make concessional contributions if you have broken work patterns, or can’t afford to contribute in a particular year.

Case study

Fatima is considering making additional CCs to super in 2022/23 after taking maternity leave. Her CCs in prior years and unused amounts accrued since 2018/19 are summarised below.

Financial year
CCs made
General CC cap for year
Unused amount for financial year
Unused amount that can be carried forward

2018/19

$15,000

$25,000

$10,000

$10,000

2019/20

Nil (maternity leave)

$25,000

$25,000

$35,000

2020/21

$15,000

$25,000

$10,000

$45,000

2021/22¹

$20,000

$27,500

$7,500

$52,500

Based on the information from Fatima, she may be eligible to make up catch up CCs of up to $80,000 consisting $52,500 in addition to the annual cap of $27,500 for 2022/23.

The above assumes that Fatima satisfies all eligibility criteria. Additional considerations need to be made as to whether making a concessional contribution is the most appropriate option for Fatima.

Important things to consider

¹ The CC cap may be indexed at the start of each financial year.

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What next?

Before making additional contributions to super, including making catch-up concessional contributions, you may wish to speak to your financial adviser. It is important to make sure you are eligible, understand the overall benefit and determine whether making contributions is the right option for you. Further information on catch-up CCs including examples can be found at ato.gov.au.

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