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May 2016 - Lifetime cap for non-concessional contributions

Please note the following information is general information only and has not yet been legislated. It reflects the proposed changes to the superannuation system under the 2016/17 Federal Budget, which may impact the retirement strategies of many Australians. The following information may change if these proposed changes do not come into effect.

A lifetime non-concessional contributions cap of $500,000 was introduced on Budget night on 3 May 2016. However, it has not yet been legislated or finalised.

The $500,000 lifetime cap will take into account all non-concessional contributions made on or after 1 July 2007. Contributions made before commencement (ie 7.30 pm AEST on 3 May 2016) cannot result in an excess of the lifetime cap, however those who have exceeded the cap prior to commencement will be taken to have used up their lifetime cap.

Non-concessional contributions made after Budget night that exceed the cap (taking into account all non-concessional contributions since 1 July 2007) will need to be removed or be subject to the current penalty tax arrangements.

The lifetime non-concessional cap will replace the existing annual non-concessional contributions cap of up to $180,000 per year (or $540,000 every 3-years under the bring-forward rule for individuals aged under 65). Those aged 65 to 74 who are currently limited to $180,000 per year will have access to the $500,000 cap without having to meet a work test.

Non-concessional contributions made into defined benefit accounts and constitutionally protected funds will be included in an individual’s lifetime non-concessional cap. If a member of a defined benefit fund exceeds their lifetime cap, ongoing contributions to the defined benefit account can continue but the member will be required to remove, on an annual basis, an equivalent amount (including proxy earnings) from any accumulation account they hold.

The lifetime cap will be indexed in $50,000 increments in line with AWOTE.

If you have any questions, please contact your financial adviser.

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