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Personal contributions

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Convert your savings into super savings by making personal contributions.

How does it work?

If you have money outside super that you want to invest for retirement, you may want to make an after-tax super contribution. 

May be suitable if…

You have surplus cashflow or savings.

What are the benefits?

  • Grow your super.
  • Pay less tax on investment earnings: earnings in super are taxed at up to 15%, instead of your marginal tax rate up to maximum of 47%¹.

Case study

Anika is 50 years of age and has $50,000 in a bank account that she would like to invest for her retirement. She earns $70,000 p.a., so her marginal tax rate is 34.5%1.

If she contributes the money to super, investment earnings will be taxed in the fund at a maximum rate of 15%. That’s a tax saving of 19.5%.

Paying less tax on earnings in super will help build her retirement nest egg and improve her lifestyle when she stops working.

Important things to consider

  • Personal after-tax contributions count towards your non-concessional contributions cap and penalties may apply if the cap is exceeded.
  • To make personal after-tax contributions in 2018/19, your total super balance must have been under $1.6 million on 30 June 2018.
  • If you make a personal after-tax contribution to your super, you may be eligible for a Government co-contribution of up to $500.
  • If you contribute to your spouse’s super, you may be eligible for a tax offset of up to $540.
  • You can’t access your super until you meet a condition of release such as reaching preservation age and retiring.
  • Other eligibility conditions apply – see the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website for more information.

1. Includes Medicare levy.

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