ATO – What attracts our audit attention
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Concessional (pre-tax) contributions to your super include employer contributions and any amount you salary sacrifice into super. Personal contributions you claim as a personal super contribution deduction also count as concessional contributions. As these contributions are paid before tax is applied, it means that your super fund pays 15% tax on the contribution when it is paid to them.
From 1 July 2017, the concessional contributions cap is $25,000 for everyone. Previously, it was $35,000 for people 49 years and older at the end of the previous financial year and $30,000 for everyone else. The new cap will be indexed in line with average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE), in increments of $2,500 (rounded down).
The intent of this change is to better target tax concessions to ensure the super system is equitable and sustainable.