The Federal Treasurer has confirmed that there will be some changes to the Government’s proposal for a lifetime cap of $500,000 on non-concessional superannuation contributions. A number of exemptions will be available.

Scott Morrison said in a radio interview that he had previously spoken about the changes and that draft legislation on the measures, to be released soon, will contain a number of changes. He said if someone gets a pay-out “as a result of an accident or something like that, then that is exempted from the $500,000 cap”. He also said that if someone had entered into a contract before Budget night to settle on a property asset out of their SMSF and they use after-tax contributions to settle that contract, “that won’t be included” in the $500,000 cap. Mr Morrison said there also would be “other measures” in the exposure draft legislation.

He effectively ruled out lifting the $500,000 cap amount, saying “the only people that would benefit are people who […] already on average have $2 million in their superannuation scheme, have already put $700,000 in after tax contributions”.

TIP: The ATO can only calculate the amount of your non-concessional contributions available based on the information it has. You may wish to review your own history of contributions. Please contact our office for more information.


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