With the end of the financial year approaching, it’s a great time to make smart decisions about your finances. Taking action before 30 June can open up more opportunities for you.
We know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to wealth management. So we’ve outlined 12 tax-effective strategies that you could benefit from. We can help you find what strategies are right for you, so you can benefit now and also save your retirement.
Many people wait until their home loan is paid off before investing more in super. However, if you are currently making more than the minimum home loan repayments, you may be better off when you retire if you make additional super contributions instead.
There are two key reasons why topping up your super could be a better option.
The first is that home loan repayments are usually made with after-tax money. Alternatively, super contributions can be made with pre-tax dollars (if you’re an employee) or claimed as a tax deduction (if you’re self-employed and meet other eligibility requirements). These concessions can help you use your surplus cash flow more effectively.
The other reason is the amount of concessional super contributions1 you can make each year is far lower than it used to be. As a result, it has become much more difficult to make large tax-effective super contributions just before you retire.
To achieve the retirement lifestyle you desire, you may need to make additional super contributions earlier than you had planned. That way you can take greater advantage of the contribution cap over the remainder of your working life.
Max is 45, earns $100,000 pa, plus 9.5% Superannuation Guarantee contributions from his employer and wants to retire at 60. He owns a home worth $700,000 and owes $300,000 on his mortgage. The remaining term is 15 years and the minimum loan repayment is $2,696 per month.
He’s considering the following two options:
1. Make the minimum home loan repayments and top-up his employer’s super contributions so that he takes full advantage of the concessional contribution cap in each of the next 15 years. This means he won’t pay off his home loan until he’s 60, but he will maximise his concessional super contributions over the next 15 years.
2. Instead of topping up his super as outlined above, he would use the cash flow to make extra mortgage repayments instead. Then when he is debt-free he would top-up his employer’s contributions to take full advantage of the concessional contribution cap and use any money left over to make non-concessional contributions2. This means he will pay off his mortgage in an estimated 8 years and 7 months but will only maximise his concessional contribution cap for 6 years and 5 months.
The table below shows the results from both options. In this scenario, it’s estimated Max could retire with his mortgage still paid off and an extra $127,995 in super.
|Option 1||Option 2|
|Time taken to pay off loan||15 years||8 years 7 months|
|Years when CC cap fully utilised||15 years||6 years 5 months|
|Total super accumulated over 15 years3||$857,005||$729,010|
|Value added by option 1||$127,995|
Assumptions: Home loan interest rate is 7% pa. Total pre-tax investment return is 8.1% pa (split 3.2% income and 4.9% growth). Investment income is franked at 30%. Salary is not indexed. SG contributions are increased progressively to 12% by 2025/26 as legislated. CC cap is increased by $5,000 in 2018/19, 2022/23, 2026/27, 2030/31 and 2033/34. Earnings in super are taxed at 15%. No allowance has been made for CGT that would be payable if the investments were redeemed.