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What is Div 293 tax?


Div 293 tax is an additional tax of up to 15% on concessional super contributions if you earn over $250,000 in 2020/21. 

How does it work?

If your income and concessional contributions (CCs) are more than $250,000 in 2020/21, you may have to pay an additional 15% tax on some or all of your CCs, as the case study below illustrates.

Div 293 tax is payable in addition to the standard 15% tax that is generally paid on CCs by most people.

The ATO will work out if you need to pay Div 293 tax based on information in your tax return and data they receive from your super fund(s). They will issue you with a notice of assessment stating the amount of tax payable and provide an authority to enable your super fund to release the money. You can, however, pay the tax from your non-super savings.

Note: Different rules apply for calculating Div 293 tax if you are a member of a defined benefit fund – see the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

May be payable if…

Your income and CCs exceed $250,000 in 2020/21.

Case study

Bob earns a salary of $225,000 and his employer contributes $21,375 into super for him. He earns no other sources of income. His total income is therefore $246,375, which is within the limit of $250,000. Bob’s entire CCs would therefore be taxed at 15%.

Let’s now assume Bob also earns $10,000 in bank interest. This takes his total income to $256,375, which is $6,375 over the income threshold. Here, the first $15,000 of his CCs of $21,375 would be taxed at 15% and the remaining $6,375 would be taxed at 30%.

If we instead assume that Bob earns a total income of $290,000, comprising salary, bank interest, dividends from shares and CCs, all his CCs would be taxed at 30%.


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