After-tax contributions

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Reward your future self by making voluntary after-tax contributions into your super.

Making after-tax super contributions is simply a matter of depositing your personal money into your super.


What are after-tax contributions?

  • After-tax contributions, also known as non-concessional contributions, are made from funds on which you've already paid income tax at your marginal tax rate.
  • You won't be taxed again on these funds when you make an after-tax contribution as you've already paid tax on them: however a tax of up to 15% will apply to any earnings.
  • The 15% earnings tax is quite low when compared to investing outside of super, where your investment earnings are added to your salary and other income and taxed at your marginal rate.
  • They're different to salary sacrifice contributions which are made before your income is taxed.

Who can make after-tax contributions?

  • If you're under 65, you're eligible to make contributions to a super fund.
  • If you're between the ages of 65 and 74, you can contribute to super if you've worked at least 40 hours in a continuous 30 day period within the financial year.

Contribution caps

After-tax contributions are subject to limits known as contribution caps. Any contributions in excess of the caps are subject to an additional tax of 47%.

The caps for the financial year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 are:

  • $180,000, or;
  • $540,000* over three financial years for people under age 65

What you should know

Excess non-concessional contributions made from 1 July 2013 can be withdrawn without penalty, along with any 'associated earnings'. Associated earnings are calculated using an assumed earnings rate equal to the 90 day bank bill rate plus 7%.

These earnings will be taxed at your marginal rate, less a 15% tax offset for tax already paid on the earnings within the fund. You should ensure you're not going to exceed the cap that applies to you prior to making an after-tax contribution.

*To accommodate larger contributions, people under the age of 65 at the start of the financial year may generally bring forward two financial years' of non-concessional contributions - meaning they can make up to $540,000 of after-tax contributions over 3 years. An eligible person who makes an after-tax contribution in excess of $180,000 in a financial year automatically triggers this bring forward provision.

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