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Concessional contributions cap

What are concessional contributions?

Concessional contributions (CCs) are super contributions that are sometimes referred to as ‘pre-tax’ contributions. They include:

What is the NCC cap in 2021/22?

The NCC cap available in 2021/22 depends on your total super balance on 30 June 2021 , your age and certain other factors – see table below. If you have more than one fund, all NCCs made into all funds will be added up and count towards the NCC cap. Other eligibility rules also apply to determine whether or not you’re able to make NCCs.

What happens if you exceed your CC cap?

The ATO will inform you if you have exceeded your CC cap. Following notification from the ATO, you can withdraw up to 85% of any excess CCs from your super. If you leave the excess in your fund, the full amount of the excess also count towards your non-concessional contribution cap.

Additional tax is also payable on excess CCs. All contributions exceeding the CC cap will be included in your assessable income for the year and will be taxed at your marginal tax rate, opens in new window (less a 15% tax offset to reflect the tax paid on these contributions within your super fund) and an interest charge apply.

What if you don’t use up all the CC cap?

If you make CCs of less than the annual cap, you can accrue these unused amounts and may be eligible to make catch-up contributions, opens in new window in subsequent financial years. To be eligible to make catch-up CCs, your total super balance, opens in a new window at the prior 30 June must be below $500,000. Other eligibility rules apply.

Want to know more?

For more information on the CC cap, see the Australian Taxation Office (ATO, opens in new window).

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