If most of us rely solely on the mandatory employer superannuation contributions, we still won’t have enough to finance a comfortable retirement.  That’s why so many people top up their superannuation with a personal contribution.  Most people can do this via salary sacrifice; others up to make a small payment a couple of times a year.  You can even contribute to your spouse’s super.

And here’s the good news – Some people can get a government co-contribution for their superannuation.

Depending on your wage, if you make a contribution to your super, the government might make a co-contribution of as much as $500.  You don’t need to apply for this; if you’re eligible and your super has your tax file number, the government will pay it automatically.

How much of a co-contribution you can get depends on your income and on the size of your contribution.  If you’re on $35,469 or less a year, the government will contribute 50 cents for every dollar you contribute, up to $500.  Even if you’re on $50,453 a year, the government will contribute up to $20 to your super.  Hey, it may not sound like much, but it’s still free money!

To see if you’re eligible, use this fun super co-contribution calculator from Money Smart! Contact your financial adviser for more information. If you don’t have a financial planner then contact us on 03 5338 7455 or http://www.ballaratwealth.com.au for a free, no obligation appointment.

 

Peter Angel

Authorised Representative of Aon Hewitt Financial Advice Limited

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 Aon Hewitt Financial Advice ABN 13 091 225 642 AFSL No. 239183

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