From 1st July 2021, the concessional and non-concessional contribution caps are set to increase due to indexation for the first time since July 2017. The half-yearly AWOTE figure for November 2020 has been published, confirming indexation of the concessional contribution (CC) cap from $25,000 to $27,500.
What are the changes to the contribution caps?
The concessional contribution cap, originally set at $25,000 from 1 July 2017, is indexed by average weekly ordinary time earnings (AWOTE) in increments of $2,500.
With the announcement of the AWOTE figure for the December 2020 quarter, the concessional contribution cap is set to increase from $25,000 p.a. to $27,500 pa from 1 July 2021.
The non-concessional cap in 2021–22 will see the standard cap increased from $100,000 to $110,000 from this date.
In addition, the maximum amount a member who was under 65 at the start of the year can contribute under the non-concessional contribution cap bring-forward rule is also set to increase from $300,000 to $330,000 from 1 July 2021.
Non-concessional contributions are also increasing
This change also results in an increase of the non-concessional contribution (NCC) cap, as it is linked by the tax laws (s.292-85(2) of the ITAA 1997) as four (4) times the CC cap.
This means that the NCC cap increases to $110,000 per year, with the ability to apply the bring-forward up to $330,000.
However, this is subject to both age and a member’s TSB, with increases of the contribution age to 67 without requiring a ‘work test’, and the indexation of the transfer balance cap (TBC) from $1.6 million to $1.7 million from 1 July 2021.
Here’s how a member’s total super balance (TSB) will interact with the increase in the NCC cap:
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