Changes to Non-Concessional Contributions
As a result of the Federal Government’s superannuation reform, there have been major changes to non-concessional superannuation contributions. Unlike concessional contributions, non-concessional contributions are after tax contributions. Currently, individuals are able to make Non-concessional contributions of up to $180,000 per year or $540,000 over a 3 year period by accessing the bring forward rules.
As of 1st July 2017, any individual with a superannuation balance of over $1.6 Million will be unable to make any further non-concessional contributions.
For those with a superannuation balance of less than $1.6 Million, the non-concessional contribution limit will be decreased to $100,000 per year or up to $300,000 over a 3 year period (up to a Superannuation balance of $1.6 Million).
Note – Special Transitional Rules Apply
There are rules for those individuals who accessed the bring-forward rules in 2016 and 2017 without fully utilising the limit. This will be implemented on a staggered approach meaning the non-concessional bring-forward limit will be determined by the trigger year in which the initial non-concessional contribution exceeded the annual limit.
The following tables demonstrate the change in Non-Concessional Bring Forward rule balance limits:
Non-concessional contribution above $180,000 but not fully utilised during 2015-16
3 Year Bring Forward Limit $460,000
|2015 – 2016||$180,000 (trigger year)|
|2016 – 2017||$180,000|
|2017 – 2018||$100,000|
Non-concessional contribution above $180,000 but not fully utilised during 2016-2017
3 Year Bring Forward Limit $380,000
|2016 – 2017||$180,000 (trigger year)|
|2017 – 2018||$100,000|
|2018 – 2019||$100,000|
Joe’s Superannuation balance @ 30/06/2016 was $850,000. His balance includes a non-concessional Contribution of $200,000 that was made on 10/10/2015. Joe was planning on taking advantage of his 3 year bring forward rule balance of $540,000 and contributing a further $340,000 over the next 2 years. Due to the changes in non-concessional Limits, Joe’s 3 year carry forward balance would be reduced to $460,000. Joe’s exceeded the annual non-concessional limit in 2016 ‘trigger year’ his Bring Forward Rule Balance is therefore calculated as $180,000 (2016) + $180,000 (2017) + $100,000 (2018) rather than the original $540,000. Joe would only be able to contribute a further $260,000 in non-concessional contributions over the next 2 years.
Contributed by Paul Baressi.