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Budget 08 - Sal Sacrafice to Super treated as Income?

Discussion in 'Superannuation, SMSF & Personal Insurance' started by austing, 13th May, 2008.

  1. austing

    austing Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nick,

    Do you know what this means?

    Thanks - Gordon
     
  2. rowande

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    I heard something along the lines of... you can not salary sacrifice to reduce your income below 150k limit to gain benefits. It led me to believe that you would still be able to salary sacrifice into super but it would not allow you to sacrifice income in order to achieve benefit thresholds. Anyone know more on this?
     
  3. AsxBroker

    AsxBroker Well-Known Member

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    It makes sense in relation to Family Tax Benefit part B.
    Though it's still not very clear.

    Cheers,

    Dan

    PS Before making an investment decision speak to your FPA registered Financial Planner.
     
  4. austing

    austing Well-Known Member

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    The following link expands on this. Yes it does seem to be in relation to eligibility for family benefits etc. Note neg gearing is also added back in to calculate income.

    Crackdown on double-dipping ploy | smh.com.au

    I'm not sure what they mean in relation to limit the scope of family trusts to claim losses?

    Cheers - Gordon
     
  5. Timmsi

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    Hi,

    This has big implications for some investment strategies. I certianly didn't hear this in the budget speech last night?? Must have missed it!

    Hmm........ :(

    Timmsi
     
  6. bella

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    I think I know what this is about, it is a strategy I have been using the last few years.

    Normally things like super co-contribution and family tax benefits are based on "taxable income".

    Now they will be based on something else, "assessable income".

    Eg. What I did this year;

    Income: $65K
    Salary sacrifice into super: $15K
    Taxable income: (65 - 15) $50K

    Since my taxable income is $50K (after sal sac), I now qualify for the super co-contribution, as the cut-off for that is $58K and I am now under that cut-off.

    With the new budget in the exact same circumstance I will not be eligible for the co-contribution, as they would base it on the "income" of $65K rather than the taxable income of $50K.
     
  7. AsxBroker

    AsxBroker Well-Known Member

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    That's about the wrap of it Bella...
     
  8. bella

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    Hi Bella,

    That's right, you've got right up until the end of 30th June 2009 to do a combo of salary sacrificing and increasing your govt co-contribution.

    Cheers,

    Dan
     
  10. crc_error

    crc_error The Rule of 72

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    Looks like Kevin 07 is ridding all the howard perks..