Tax Information for:


  • Individuals who wish to take advantage of the concessionally taxed superannuation environment but wish to stay under the relevant contributions caps should consider keeping track of contributions and avoid making last-minute contributions that would be allocated to the next financial year.
  • For 2014–2015, the general concessional contributions cap is $30,000. For those who are aged 49 or over on 30 June for the previous income year, a higher $35,000 cap applies.
  • For 2014–2015, the non-concessional contributions cap is $180,000. Individuals under 65 years may bring forward the non-concessional cap for the next two years (ie $540,000 over three years from 2014–2015).
  • From 1 July 2013, excess concessional contributions tax has been abolished. Instead, excess concessional contributions are included in an individual’s assessable income (and subject to an interest charge).
  • From 1 July 2013, excess non-concessional contributions tax continues to apply where relevant, unless the option to withdraw excess contributions is exercised. Associated earnings will be included in the individual’s assessable income (subject to a 15% tax offset).
  • Individuals with salary-sacrifice superannuation arrangements may want to have early discussions with their employers to help ensure contributions are allocated to the correct financial year.
  • From 2012–2013, individuals earning above $300,000 are subject to an additional 15% tax on concessional contributions. However, despite the extra 15% tax, there is still an effective tax concession of 15% (ie the top marginal rate less 30%) on their contributions up to the relevant cap.

 Fringe benefits tax

  • The four rates used in the statutory formula method for determining the taxable value of car fringe benefits have been replaced with a single statutory rate of 20% for fringe benefits.
  • The first $1,000 of the aggregate of the taxable values of “in-house” fringe benefits (ie in-house expense payment, in-house property and in-house residual fringe benefits) provided to an employee during a year is exempt from FBT. However, the $1,000 reduction does not apply to an in-house benefit provided on or after 22 October 2012 under a salary packaging arrangement.


  • For the 2014–2015 income year, the general tax-free threshold available to Australian resident taxpayers is $18,200.
  • Certain low income taxpayers are entitled to the low income offset. The maximum offset for 2014–2015 is $445.
  • The medical expenses offset is being phased out and will no longer be available after 2018–2019. Transitional arrangements will allow taxpayers to claim the offset from the 2012–2013 income year until the end of the 2018–2019 income year, subject to limitations.
  • The private health insurance offset has been means tested since 1 July 2012. There are three private health insurance incentive tiers.


Submitted by: Mark Nasta – Accountant



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