The results are shown in “today’s dollars” so they are consistent with today’s living standards. The discount rate is 3.75% per annum.
Contributions and super taxes
Employer and current salary sacrifice contributions have been indexed annually at 3.75% per annum. Salary sacrifice contributions under the TTR strategy have been calculated taking into account the pension payments so that the after-tax income is maintained. The total of employer and salary sacrifice contributions have been limited to the concessional contributions cap.
Where the after-tax income cannot be maintained, due to impact of the concessional contributions cap, we have assumed the extra contributions required to maintain the same after-tax income are paid as non-concessional contributions.
Tax on employer and salary sacrifice contributions has been included in the projections at the rate of 15% for each contribution. For adjusted incomes of less than $37,000, the Low Income Super Contribution payable by the Government has been included. For adjusted incomes above $300,000, the additional contributions of 15% of each contribution has been included. The Government Co-contribution has not been included.
It is proposed for 2013/14 financial year the concessional contribution limit is $35,000 (unindexed) for individuals aged 60 and over. For 2014/15 financial year the concessional contribution limit is $35,000 (unindexed) for individuals aged 50 and over. For all other individuals the limit remains $25,000 (indexed). It is expected that the concessional contribution cap of $25,000 for all other individuals will reach $35,000, through indexation by 1 July 2018.
No allowance has been made for, the application of the Superannuation Guarantee (SG) maximum threshold, any tax payable on the projected super benefit at retirement age and any tax payable or rebates on the projected pension payments in retirement.
If eligible, the Mature Age Worker or Seniors and Pensioners tax offset has been included in the calculations.
The assumed annual investment return is:
|Super investment return1 (% pa)||Pension investment return2 (% pa)|
1 after investment fees and tax
2 after investment fees and tax
Administration fees and insurance costs
For the super account, an administration fee of $1.25 per week, plus 0.05% per annum of the account balance has been included in the projections.
Standard insurance premium, as detailed in the Sunsuper for life guide, has been included in the projection for Death and Total and Permanent Disability Insurance. The deduction of the insurance premium ends at the retirement age. Actual insurance costs may be higher or lower than the assumed insurance cost and this may impact on the projected benefit amounts.
For the pension account, an administration fee of $4.00 per week, plus 0.10% pa of pension account balance has been included in the projections.
Income tax rates
|Salary||Tax on this income|
|$1 to 18,200||Nil|
|$18,201 to $37,000||19c for each $1 over $18,200|
|$37,000 to $80,000||$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000|
|$80,001 to $180,000||$17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000|
|$180,001 and over||$54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000|
|Up to $18,839||No levy|
|$18,840 to $22,163||A reduced levy|
|Over $22,163||1.5% of salary|