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Concessional contributions

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Concessional (pre-tax) contributions can be a powerful way to boost your retirement savings.

How does it work?

Concessional contributions are generally taxed in the super fund at up to 15%view disclaimer1, instead of your marginal tax rate of up to a maximum of 47%view disclaimer2.

What are the benefits?

  • Grow your super.
  • Pay less tax on your salary or other taxable income.

Types of concessional contributions

There are three main types of concessional super contributions. These include:

  • Superannuation guarantee contributions – which are the contributions that your employer is legally required to make for you. Generally these contributions are equal to 10% of ordinary time earnings.
  • Salary sacrifice – where you arrange with your employer to contribute some of your pre-tax salary into super rather than receiving it as take-home pay, and
  • Personal deductible contributions – these are personal contributions you make to super with your take home pay or other savings, which you claim as a tax deduction to reduce your taxable income.

Important things to consider

Disclaimer1. Individuals with income from certain sources above $250,000 in 2021/22 will pay an additional 15% tax on concessional super contributions within the cap. However, concessional contributions are generally still beneficial, as the tax payable on the concessional contribution is still less than the marginal tax rate of 47% (including Medicare levy) that is paid by people earning this level of taxable income.

Disclaimer2. Includes Medicare levy.

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Tax disclaimer

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