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What you need to know about claiming super contributions on tax

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Did you know that most people under 75 are now able to claim a tax deduction for after-tax contributions they make into super?

The condition that less than 10% of your income comes from salary and wages to be able to claim a deduction was scrapped from July 1.

If you’re aged between 65 and 74, though, you will need to meet the work test to be eligible.

The contributions that you claim as a deduction will count towards your concessional contributions cap of $25,000 – not the non-concessional cap, which is much higher.

If you want to claim a tax deduction for personal contributions, you must complete and lodge a notice of intent with your super fund and have this notice acknowledged (in writing) by your fund.

You can find the relevant form on the tax office website ato.gov.au.

It’s also worth noting that if you claim a deduction for your personal contributions you may not be eligible for the government’s super co-contribution.

You can find more information about this new perk by entering “Change to personal super contributions deductions” in the search bar of the ATO website.

Written by Maria Bekiaris

Maria Bekiaris

Deputy editor Maria Bekiaris joined Money in 2001 as a writer/researcher. She writes about personal finance and investing, and has contributed to Australian House & Garden, Good Health, and Mother & Baby.

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