Super contribution splitting

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Super contribution splitting is a strategy that is adopted to help increase your spouse’s super.

When you split your super contributions, you transfer a part of the contributions made to your super account, to your spouse’s super account. Contribution splitting can only be done once the financial year has ended and there’s a limit to how much can be split in a year.

The maximum amount of contributions you can split with your spouse is the lesser of:

  • 85% of the concessional contributions (which includes employer and salary sacrifice contributions) made to your fund, and
  • the concessional contributions cap - an annual limit of $30,000 on contributions from before-tax salary for those under the age of 49 on 30 June 2015, and $35,000 for those aged 49 and over on that date.

Any contributions you split will continue to be counted for the purpose of your concessional contributions cap. Splitting contributions will not reduce your concessional contributions for the year, and you can’t split amounts that have been rolled over to the fund or transferred from an overseas fund.

If you're considering splitting your super contributions with your spouse, it's recommended that you speak to a financial adviser.


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