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Non-concessional contributions cap

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There is a limit on the amount of after-tax or ‘non-concessional’ contributions you can make each year to your super.

What are non-concessional contributions?

Non-concessional contributions (NCCs) are super contributions made from after-tax pay or savings. They include:

  • personal contributions you make into your own super account that are not claimed as a tax deduction.
  • personal contributions made by your spouse into your super account (spouse contributions), and
  • certain other amounts, see the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

What is the NCC cap in 2021/22?

The NCC cap available in 2021/22 depends on your total super balance on 30 June 2021, your age and certain other factors – see table below. If you have more than one fund, all NCCs made into all funds will be added up and count towards the NCC cap.

NCC Cap Total super balance on 30/6/2021 Cap available in 2021/22
Annual cap

< $1.7 million

$110,000

Bring-forward cap
(available if under age 65¹ and enables you to bring forward up to two years NCCs)

< $1.48 million

$330,000

$1.48 million to < $1.59 million

$220,000

$1.59 million to < $1.7 million

$110,000

$1.7 million +

Nil

     

What happens if you exceed the NCC cap?

Your super fund does not monitor your contribution caps so it is important that you ensure you’re not going to exceed your cap before making contributions. The ATO will inform you if you have exceeded the NCC cap. If you do, you can withdraw the excess NCCs and 85% of earnings (earnings are calculated at a set rate by the ATO). 100% of the earnings will generally be taxable at your marginal tax rate (less a 15% tax offset). If you don’t withdraw the excess NCCs, they will be taxed at the top marginal tax rate of 47% (including the Medicare levy).

Want to know more?

For more information on the NCC cap, see the (ATO).

¹ It has been proposed to increase the eligibility age for the bring-forward rule however legislation will need to pass for this measure to become law.

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