Super reform bills passed by both houses
Two superannuation bills, which include the proposed introduction of the $1.6 million transfer balance cap and changes to concessional contributions, have been passed by both houses.
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 and the Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016 has been passed by both houses, according to the Parliament of Australia website.
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Superannuation) Bill 2016 amends five acts including a $1.6 million cap on the amount of capital that can be transferred to the tax-free earnings retirement phase of superannuation.
The bill also proposes the reduction to the threshold at which high-income earners pay division 293 tax on their concessional taxed contribution to superannuation to $250,000.
Both houses have also passed Superannuation (Excess Transfer Balance Tax) Imposition Bill 2016 2016 which imposes an excess transfer balance tax on the notional earnings of capital moved into a retirement phase superannuation account that is in excess of $1.6 million.
SuperConcepts general manager of technical services and education Peter Burgess said having both houses pass the bills is good news in terms of having certainty of what the rules are, which will enable practitioners to sit down and fully assess the impact on their clients.
“With a lot of the changes, we’ll have around seven months to get our heads around all these changes and put in place strategies and take opportunities and make sure clients are compliant,” Mr Burgess said.
“Practitioners can now properly sit down and properly plan with their clients.”
Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.
Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.