The end of financial year has now come and gone, and people with excess savings or who have received a bonus since the beginning of the year may want to use the extra cash to grow their super. One of the easiest ways to grow your super and get a tax deduction at the same time is to make a personal superannuation contribution.
If you’re considering making a personal contribution to your super and would like to claim a deduction, it’s important to remember to give the required notice to your super fund before making a claim in your tax return. There have been recent cases of taxpayers
being denied deductions for personal super contributions where they didn’t provide the required notice to a super fund in time.
A deduction for a personal contribution can only be claimed if the income earned came from your salary and wages, a personal business, investments, government pensions or allowances, superannuation, partnership or trust distributions, or a foreign source.
If you’re aged between 67 and 74 years, you must also meet the work test or satisfy the work test exemption criteria to be able to claim a deduction for any personal contributions made. There are also contribution deduction rules for people aged 75 years or older.
The ATO provides a standard form for giving the required notice to super funds. Many super funds also have their own online forms which can be lodged easily. Your fund will then send a written acknowledgment to the ATO indicating that it’s received a valid notice from you. Only then can you claim the deduction in your tax return.