What You Need to Know About Super Contribution Limits

If you are making additional contributions on top of the super your employer is required to pay it’s important to realise that there are limits to how much you can contribute whilst still enjoying tax benefits. There are two different thresholds for concessional & non-concessional super contributions.


Non-concessional contributions cap

Non-concessional contributions include personal contributions for which you do not claim an income tax deduction. The current limit for making a non concessional contribution is $50,000 per year.

People under 65 years old may be able to make non-concessional contributions of up to three times their non-concessional contributions cap over a three-year period. This is known as the ‘bring-forward’ option.

The bring-forward cap is three times the non-concessional contributions cap of the first year. If you brought forward your contributions in 2012-13, it would be 3 x $150,000 = $450,000.


Concessional contributions cap

Concessional contributions include:

  • employer contributions (including contributions made under a salary sacrifice arrangement)
  • personal contributions claimed as a tax deduction by a self-employed person.

The current concessional cap is $25,000 per year, however this figure is subject to change every year. The  new amount is generally announced each February.

Possible Changes

The government has proposed concessional contributions cap to $50,000 for individuals who have total super balances below $500,000 and are 50 years old or over. If passed by parliament, these changes are scheduled for 1 July 2014.


Your contributions caps

Concessional Non-concessional
2012-13 $25,000* $150,000
2011-12 $50,000* $150,000
Tax on amounts over the cap 31.5% (plus 15% paid on your behalf by your super fund) 46.5%

*There is 15% tax payable on concessional (before-tax) contributions paid into a super fund. Your super fund usually reduces your super account by your share of this tax.

From 1 July 2012, if you have gone over your concessional (before-tax) contributions cap by $10,000 or less, you may receive a once-only offer to have the excess concessional (before-tax) contributions refunded to you and assessed at your marginal tax rate, rather than pay excess contributions tax.

Any contributions over the concessional (before-tax) contributions cap will count towards your non-concessional contributions cap. If you have more than one super fund, contributions made to each fund will count toward your cap.



by Simon Tworek

Simon is a Financial Adviser at Insight Wealth Planning. He has an advanced diploma and masters in Financial Planning and has a strong technical background.



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