Downsize your home & Upsize your super

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It’s the great Australian dream to own your own home. Whilst in our younger years, when it comes to buying (or upsizing) our homes, it can be seductive to “keep up with the Joneses”. Later in life, it can be just as alluring to downsize them. Lowered costs of electricity, insurances. Less maintenance. More time to go out and travel and live out your retirement dreams.

But now there is an added bonus. If your super needs a boost, the Government has provided a little extra incentive to elect to put the dollars from the downsize back into your super fund.

From 1st July 2018, if you are 65 years or older and meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to choose to make a Downsizer Contribution into your superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling your home.

One of the benefits of this type of contribution is that it does not add to the Concessional OR Non-Concessional contribution caps and can even be made where your total super balance is greater than $1.6 million.

Some other benefits include:

  • A larger super balance, meaning a more comfortable retirement
  • No work test or upper age restrictions on putting the money into super (generally, those over age 75 cannot elect to make voluntary contributions to super)
  • Both members of a couple can take advantage of the arrangement, meaning up to $600,000 can be added to your retirement nest egg.

For more information on your eligibility and the relevance of this strategy to your situation, please contact one of our qualified Financial Advisers.

Teneale Laister (CFP Professional, BCom[Fin,FP,Mgt] ADFS[FP]) is a representative of Alman Partners Pty Ltd, Australian Financial Services Licence No: 222107.

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