Concessional contributions include:
- employer contributions (including contributions made under a salary sacrifice arrangement)
- personal contributions claimed as a tax deduction.
Where you have more than one fund, all concessional contributions made to all of your funds are added together and counted towards the concessional contributions cap.
|Table 1.1: Concessional contributions caps|
|Income year||Date||Your age at this date||Your concessional contribution cap|
|2016–17||30 June 2016||<49||$30,000|
|2016–17||30 June 2016||49+||$35,000|
|2015–16||30 June 2015||<49||$30,000|
|2015–16||30 June 2015||49+||$35,000|
|2014–15||30 June 2014||<49||$30,000|
|2014–15||30 June 2014||49+||$35,000|
|2013–14||30 June 2013||<59||$25,000|
Unused concessional cap carry forward
From 1 July 2018 if you have a total superannuation balance of less than $500,000 on 30 June of the previous financial year, you may be entitled to contribute more than the general concessional contributions cap and make additional concessional contributions for any unused amounts.
The first year you will be entitled to carry forward unused amounts is the 2019–20 financial year. Unused amounts are available for a maximum of five years, and after this period will expire.
|Table 2: Unused Concessional Cap Carry Forward|
|General contributions cap||$25,000||$25,000||$25,000||$25,000||$25,000|
|Total unused available cap accrued||Not applicable||$0||$22,000||$44,000||$69,000|
|Maximum cap available||$25,000||$25,000||$47,000||$25,000||$94,000|
|Superannuation balance 30 June prior year||Not applicable||$480,000||$490,000||$505,000||$490,000|
|Unused concessional cap amount accrued in the relevant financial year||$0||$22,000||$22,000||$25,000||$25,000|
Note: This Table assumes no indexing of general cap.
General concessional contributions cap
From 1 July 2017 the general concessional contributions cap is $25,000 and is indexed in line with average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE), in increments of $2,500 (rounded down). From the 2017–18 financial year, the general concessional contributions cap is not calculated based on age.
Higher concessional contributions cap for the 2013–14 and later financial years
The concessional contributions cap was temporarily increased to $35,000:
Higher concessional contributions cap for the 2012–13 year
For the 2012–13 financial year, the higher concessional contributions cap was equal to the general concessional contributions cap of $25,000.
Higher concessional contributions cap for the 2011–12 and earlier financial years
An increased concessional contributions cap applied until 30 June 2012 for people 50 years or over:
- if you were 50 years or over, your annual cap for the 2007–08 and 2008–09 financial years was $100,000
- if you were 50 years or over, your annual cap for the 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12 financial years was $50,000.
Source – ATO QC 18123 (Published April 2019)
Date of Issue: 26 April 2019
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