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2020 was a difficult year, with many workers impacted by COVID-19 needing to access some of their super early.
The good news is that, if you have funds available to put into super after you've met your living expenses, even small contributions can make a difference to your retirement balance.
Two ways to build your super
If you decide to contribute more to your super, there are two main options - tax-deductible after-tax contributions, or before-tax salary sacrifice contributions.
Tax-deductible after-tax contributions
This is an option for people who work for an employer or who are self-employed. An after-tax super contribution includes any payment you make from your take-home pay into your super from your bank account.
You can contribute any amount as regularly as your like as long as you don't exceed the concessional contribution cap (generally $25,000 a year - which includes the super your employer pays you).
You must notify TWUSUPER of your intent to claim a deduction and fulfill certain criteria - the details are on our Claiming a tax deduction page.
You need to be an employee to put a salary sacrifice arrangement in place. This is where you put pre-tax income into super by arranging for your employer to put some of your pay into your super instead of putting it all into your bank account. This is a way to build more super while paying less tax
This is generally suited to people who don't have a lot of high-interest debt to pay down and who have money left over after they've been paid and taken care of living expenses. Simon McCallum, a TWUSUPER Account Manager, gives an overview in this short video below. You can also check out our case study.
Want more detail?
Go to our dedicated Salary Sacrifice page which outlines the important information you need to be aware of - including eligibility requirements.
Do you earn under $54,837?
If you make an after-tax contribution and earn under $54,837 in the financial year ended 30 June 2021, the Government can chip in up to $500 to help boost your super even further. This is known as the Super Co-contribution Scheme.
Note: you can't claim a tax deduction for contributions for a financial year in which you've received the Government Co-Contribution.
Speak to a contribution specialist
Our contributions specialists can clear up any confusion you have about contributing to super. There's no extra cost to use this service. The team's available between 9am and 5pm (AEST/AEDT) on 1800 222 071.
Use the form below to request a call back. Note that the call back service is available for Australian residents only. If you're overseas, please call +61 3 9192 4414.