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Spouse contributions

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Boost your spouse’s super and reduce your tax by making spouse contributions.

How does it work?

If you make an after-tax super contribution into your spouse’s super, you may be eligible for a tax offset of up to $540.

May be suitable if…

Your spouse earns1 less than $40,000 p.a.

What are the benefits?

  • Grow your spouse's super.
  • Qualify for a tax offset of up to $540.

How is the spouse offset calculated?

  • To qualify for the full offset of $540 in 2018/19, you need to contribute $3,000 or more into your spouse’s super and your spouse must earn¹ $37,000 p.a. or less.
  • A lower tax offset may be available if you contribute less than $3,000 or your spouse earns more than $37,000 p.a. but less than $40,000 p.a. 

Case study

Phil and Karen are married and have two young children. Phil works full-time and earns $100,000 p.a. Karen has cut back to working two days a week and earns $32,000 p.a.

They want to make sure Karen keeps building her super while she is working part-time. Phil contributes $3,000 into Karen’s super account. This entitles him to a tax offset of $540, which will reduce his income tax when he completes his 2018/19 tax return.

Important things to consider

  • Spouse contributions count towards the receiving spouse’s non-concessional contributions cap and penalties may apply if the cap is exceeded.
  • To receive a spouse contribution in 2018/19, your spouse’s total super balance must have been under $1.6 million on 30 June 2018.
  • Another way to boost your spouse’s super is through contribution splitting.
  • 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 assessable income, reportable fringe benefits and reportable employer super contributions.

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