Mike McHenry

CHANGES TO THE SUPERANNUATION CAPS FROM 1 JULY 2017

Blog Post created by Mike McHenry on May 15, 2017

Not many sleeps now until the new contribution rules kick in as of 1 July 2017.  So here’s a reminder to share with your team to ensure they’re all prepared to consult with confidence and accuracy to your clients.

 

Concessional Contribution Cap

The existing caps for the 2016/2017 FY for concessional contribution limits are (table 1):

Age

2016/2017

Under 50

$30,000

Over 50

$35,000

 

From 1 July 2017, the concessional contributions cap will be reduced as follows (table 2):

Age

2017/2018

Under 50

$25,000

Over 50

$25,000

 

Individuals over 65 years of age must be gainfully employed in order to make concessional contributions. That is, working for at least 40 hours over 30 consecutive days during the financial year.

 

Non-Concessional Contribution Cap and Bring Forward Provisions

From 1 July 2017, the annual Non-Concessional Contribution limit has been reduced from $180,000 to $100,000 per annum.

 

Individuals under the age of 65 are able to utilise the Bring Forward provisions, of which the following conditions will apply:

  • An individual will be restricted to contributing additional Non-Concessional Contributions if their Total Superannuation Balance (TSB) exceeds $1.6 million. The TSB is tested based on the 30 June balance in the previous financial year.
  • An individual’s balance between $1.5 million and $1.6 million can make a contribution or use the bring forward provisions up to the annual NCC cap amount of $100,000. Whilst the 30 June balance may then exceed $1.6 million, the contribution is acceptable.

 

(Table 3)

Total Super Balance at

30 June Prior

NCC Cap for the

First Year

Bring Forward

 Period

Less than $1.4m

$300,000

3 years

$1.4m to less than $1.5m

$200,000

2 years

$1.5m to less than $1.6m

$100,000

N/A

$1.6m or more

Nil

N/A

 

In addition, if the bring forward provision is triggered in subsequent years the client’s total super balance must still be under the cap balance at 30 June of any given year in order for the Non-Concessional Contributions to be accepted.  

 

Note that the members balance must be under $1.6 million at 1 July of the given year the contribution is made.  This means if the balance DURING the year moves over the $1.6 million threshold prior to the Non Concessional Contributions being made (due to market movements or SG contributions), those contributions will be acceptable if they meet the requirements as per table 3 above.

 

The current market perception of the new rules is that the limit of the bring forward provisions for the 2017 financial year is based on the following two years Non-Concessional Contribution limit of $380,000. However, the changes don’t take effect until 1 July 2017 effectively providing your clients with the ability to contribute $540,000 up until 1 July 2017.

 

(Table 4)

Year

Single Year Cap

Limit of BFP based on
the year it is triggered

2015

$180,000

$540,000

2016

$180,000

$460,000

2017

$180,000

$380,000

2018

$100,000

$300,000

2019

$100,000

$300,000

 

SUGGESTION:

It’s a smart idea to scan your SMSF data base for clients who are effected by any of the new rules looming for 1 July 2017, including the Pension Caps and planning for CGT Relief.  Get some quality consulting completed to set your clients up the best possible way.

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