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2019-2020

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 







 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT (more flexible superannuation) BILL 2020

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services

and Financial Technology, Senator the Hon. Jane Hume)

 

 

 



Table of contents

Glossary............................................................................................................. 1

General outline and financial impact........................................................... 2

Chapter 1 ........... Bring forward non-concessional contributions cap..... 3

Chapter 2 ........... Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights............ 6

 

 



The following abbreviations and acronyms are used throughout this explanatory memorandum.

Abbreviation

Definition

Bill

Treasury Laws Amendment (More Flexible Superannuation) Bill 2020

ITAA 1997

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

RSA Act

Retirement Savings Accounts Act 1997

RSA Regulations

Retirement Savings Accounts

Regulations 1997

SIS Act

Superannuation Industry (Supervision)

Act 1993

SIS Regulations

Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations 1994

 

 



Bring forward non-concessional contribution cap

The current non-concessional superannuation contributions cap is $100,000. The amendments extend the bring forward rule by enabling individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule.

Date of effect 1 July 2020

Proposal announced The Bill partially implements the measure Improving flexibility for older Australians from the 2019-20 Budget.

Financial impact As at the 2019-20 Budget, this measure was estimated to have the following revenue implications ($m):

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

2022-23

0

-10

-25

-40

Human rights implications :  The Bill does not raise any human rights issue. See Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights — Chapter 2.

Compliance cost impact :  The Bill will result in a small increase in implementation costs for individuals and superannuation funds in the short term. There will be an overall decrease in ongoing compliance costs for individuals and superannuation funds.

 

 



Outline of chapter

1.1                   The amendments to the ITAA 1997 in the Bill enable individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule.

Context of amendments

1.2                   In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government announced that Australians over 65 would have greater flexibility in making voluntary superannuation contributions (concessional and non-concessional) from 1 July 2020.

1.3                   This initiative is implemented through three changes:

•        the age at which the work test starts to apply for voluntary concessional and non-concessional superannuation contributions is increased from 65 to 67;

•        the cut-off age for spouse contributions is increased from 70 to 75; and

•        enabling individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule.

1.4                   The Bill amends the ITAA 1997 to implement the changes to the bring forward rule.

1.5                   The Superannuation Legislation Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 will amend the SIS Regulations and RSA Regulations to implement the increases in the age at which the work test applies and the cut-off age for spouse contributions.

Summary of new law

1.6                   Individuals aged under 67 can make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions under the bring forward rule.

1.7                   This change becomes law on the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the day the Act receives the Royal Assent. Once law, it applies to non-concessional contributions made on or after 1 July 2020.

Comparison of key features of new law and current law

New law

Current law

Individuals under 67 years of age may access the bring forward non-concessional contributions cap in a particular financial year .

Individuals under 65 years of age may access the bring forward non-concessional contributions cap in a particular financial year (paragraph 292-85(3)(c) of the ITAA 1997).

Detailed explanation of new law

1.8                   The annual non-concessional contributions cap is currently set at $100,000 per year. This cap limits the amount of contributions that can be made each financial year (refer subsection 292-85(2) of the ITAA 1997).

1.9                   Individuals may be able to “bring forward” an amount of their annual non-concessional contributions cap equal to two or three times the annual cap, that is, up to $300,000, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria in subsection 292-85(3) of the ITAA 1997.

1.10               Currently, paragraph 292-85(3)(c) provides that only an individual under 65 years of age in the financial year in which they make the contribution may access the bring forward non-concessional contributions cap.

1.11               The Bill amends paragraph 292-85(3)(c) so that the cut-off age for accessing the bring forward non-concessional contributions cap is increased from 65 to 67 years. [Schedule 1, item 1, paragraph 292-85(3)(c) of the ITAA 1997]

1.12               This means that individuals aged 65 and 66 who were not previously able to access the bring forward non-concessional contributions cap due to their age may do so, starting in the 2020-21 financial year. [Schedule 1, item 2]

Application and transitional provisions

1.13               This change becomes law on the first 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October to occur after the day the Act receives the Royal Assent. Once law, it applies to non-concessional contributions made on or after 1 July 2020. [Schedule 1, item 2]

 



Chapter 2          

Statement of Compatibility with Human Rights

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

Schedule 1 - Bring forward non-concessional contributions cap

2.1                   The Bill is compatible with human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

Overview

2.2                   The Bill amends the ITAA 1997 to enable individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to three years of non-concessional superannuation contributions, under the bring forward rule. This means that individuals aged 65 and 66 can make up to three times the yearly cap of $100,000 in non-concessional superannuation contributions

2.3                   These amendments extend the existing bring forward rule to allow individuals aged 65 and 66 to make up to $300,000 of non-concessional superannuation contributions in a single year.

Human rights implications

2.4                   The Bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

Conclusion

2.5                   The Bill is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.