Super Salary sacrifice is an arrangement with your employer to forego part of your salary or wages in return for your employer providing benefits of a similar value.
One example of a salary sacrifice arrangement is to have some of your salary or wages paid into your super fund instead of to you.
If your employer makes super contributions for you through a super salary sacrifice agreement you should be aware how these contributions will affect your super balance.
From 1 January 2020, salary sacrificed super contributions will not:
- reduce the ordinary time earnings that your employer is required to calculate your super entitlement on
- count towards the amount of super guarantee contributions that your employer is required to make in order for them to avoid the super guarantee charge.
Salary sacrificed super contributions are classified as employer super contributions, rather than employee contributions. If you make super contributions through a salary sacrifice agreement, these contributions are taxed in the super fund at a maximum rate of 15%. Generally, this tax rate is less than your marginal tax rate.
The sacrificed component of your total salary package is not counted as assessable income for tax purposes. This means that it is not subject to pay as you go (PAYG) withholding tax.
If salary sacrificed super contributions are made to a complying super fund, the sacrificed amount is not considered a fringe benefit.
Fringe benefit is an extra benefit supplementing an employee’s salary, for example, a company car, subsidized meals, health insurance, etc.
Salary sacrifice limitations
Unless there are limitations specified in the terms of your employment, there is no limit to the amount you can salary sacrifice into super. However, you should also consider whether the amount you wish to salary sacrifice:
- will cause you to exceed your concessional (before-tax) contributions cap and attract additional tax – this concessional contributions cap limits the amounts that can be contributed to your super fund and still receive the concessional tax rate of 15%
- will attract Division 293 tax – this occurs when your income (including concessional super contributions and other components) is more than:
- $300,000 in one year, before 1 July 2017
- $250,000 in one year, from 1 July 2017.
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Information source www.ato.gov.au