Superannuation is a Trillion dollar industry in Australia and sorting your super may at times seem tricky, not so interesting and complicated. Here are 7 tips and tricks to grow your super.
Here are our top 7 Tips and Tricks.
Tip 1. Find your lost super
If you’ve changed jobs a few times in your career, chances are you have more than one super account. If you’ve lost track of some of your super, or if you’re not sure, you can search for it in your Member Portal.
Tip 2. Bring your super together
If you have more than one super account, one of the best things you can do is bring them together in the one account. This will help you cut down on fees. You can find and combine your super in your online account with just a few clicks.
Tip 3. Top up your balance
While the 9.5% compulsory super contribution your employer makes to your account is a good start, if you want a comfortable retirement you may need to add a little extra. Speak to your employer about setting up regular salary sacrifice contributions from your before tax pay and boost your super while reducing your income tax.
Tip 4. Boost your super with a bonus or inheritance
If you receive some unexpected money this year, why not contribute some or all of it to super? If you’re aged under 65, you may be able to make an after-tax contribution to super of up to $100,000 per year. Better yet, you may be able to bring forward two or three years of unused caps to make a contribution of up to $300,000 (subject to eligibility requirements)
Tip 5. Contribute to your spouse’s super
If your spouse earns less than $37,000 and you make a $3,000 contribution to their super, you may be eligible for a tax rebate of up to $540. For more information on spouse contributions, visit ato.gov.au.
Tip 6. Invest for the long term
Super is a long term investment that grows over your working life and needs to keep growing for you in retirement, so make sure you choose the right investment option. You can learn more about our super investment options here.
Tip 7. Take your super with you if you change jobs
If you would like to clarify any of these tips, or delve deeper, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. We love hearing from you.
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Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations. In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.