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Salary sacrifice

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Get more from your pay through salary sacrifice.

How does it work?

With salary sacrifice, you arrange for your employer to contribute some of your pre-tax salary (or a bonus) into super rather than receiving it as take-home pay.

May be suitable if…

You're an employee.

What are the benefits?

  • Grow your super.
  • Pay less tax: the contributions are generally taxed at up to 15%¹, instead of your marginal tax rate, up to a maximum of 47%².

Case study

William, aged 45, was recently promoted and has received a pay rise of $5,000, bringing his total salary to $100,000 p.a. He’s planning to retire in 20 years and wants to use his pay rise to boost his retirement savings.

He decides to sacrifice the extra $5,000 into super each year. By using this strategy, he’ll save on tax and get to invest an extra $1,200 each year, when compared to receiving the $5,000 as after-tax salary and investing outside super.

Details

Receive pay rise as after-tax salary

Sacrifice pay rise into super

Pre-tax pay rise

$5,000

$5,000

Less income tax at 39%2

($1,950)

(N/A)

Less 15% contributions tax

(N/A)

($750)

Net amount invested

$3,050

$4,250

Additional amount invested $1,200

Important things to consider

1. Individuals with income above $250,000 in 2018/19 will pay an additional 15% tax on salary sacrifice and other concessional super contributions within the cap.

2. Includes Medicare levy.

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