The core purpose of superannuation is to provide a nest egg in retirement. Creating less dependence on Government support and more financial independence and lifestyle choices for individuals.
In an attempt to ease some of the financial hardship caused by the impact of COVID-19, the Government has approved early access to superannuation, an important initiative to help make ends meet during uncertain times.
If eligible, initial applications may be made to withdraw up to $10,000 before 30 June 2020. And up to another $10,000 between 1 July and 31 December 2020.
Early withdrawal considerations
Before accessing super, it is important to consider:
- What other benefits or concessions are available to you in this time of financial hardship?
- What will the impact be on retirement savings?
- Will this impact other benefits in super? Redeeming down to a certain level may cancel insurances.
- What are the minimum account balance requirements?
What are the impacts?
The impacts of withdrawal on future retirement savings is dependent on a number of variables.
- How much is withdrawn;
- Age and years to retirement;
- Investment allocation and future returns;
- Fees and other account expenses;
- Any contributions made to the account.
Boosting and rebuilding
While the current focus may be keeping one’s head above water, when circumstances change and potential income returns, there are a number of ways to boost retirement savings.
Small, regular contributions can be important when getting superannuation savings back on track.
When it comes to super, the sooner action is taken, the higher the chance of getting super savings back on track.
Ways to boost and rebuild super include salary sacrifice, receiving government co-contribution, making or receiving spouse contribution, making catch up concessional contributions and making personal contributions to claim a tax deduction.
How do these strategies work?
There are a number of key contribution strategies that may boost and rebuild retirement savings. Before taking any action, RJS recommends seeking professional advice from a professional, who will tailor recommendations to your personal circumstances.
1. Sacrifice pre-tax salary to super
This strategy may be appropriate for those who have sufficient cash flow to divert some of their pre-tax salary to superannuation, rather than as take-home pay. Making additional voluntary contributions to super will help rebuild the account balance however it is an out of pocket expense which should be acknowledged. These tax effective super contributions can also boost cash flow by reducing the assessable income.
2. Government Co-Contribution
Those who earn less than $53,564 pa can make personal (after-tax) super contributions up to $1,000 pa (less than $20 of the weekly budget). If requirements are met, the Government will contribute $500 into your super account. The amount received is dependent on income and the total annual personal contributions made.
3. Spousal Contributions
Where one spouse earns less than $40,000 pa, the higher earning spouse, may make a super contribution on their behalf. This may enable a tax offset of up to $540 depending on the contribution amount.
4. Personal Contributions
Personal contributions are made after-tax, from take home pay or savings. These payments are non-concessional and can be made regularly or closer to the end of financial year rather than committing to regular payments.
5. Catch-Up Concessional Contributions
If the annual concessional contributions (CC) cap has not been fully utilized since 1 July 2018, you may have accrued unused CC’s, allowing larger contributions in a future year. Unused CCs can be carried forward for up to 5 years, however there is a maximum superannuation balance of $500K on 30 June the previous financial year.
Read more on super strategies in our fact sheet here.
While retirement may still feel like it’s a while away, with correct preparation it can be possible to achieve the lifestyle you deserve.
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