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Salary sacrifice

How does it work?

With salary sacrifice, you arrange for your employer to contribute some of your pre-tax salary (or a bonus) into super rather than receiving it as take-home pay.

May be suitable if…

You're an employee.

What are the benefits?

  • Grow your super.
  • Pay less tax: the contributions are generally taxed at up to 15%¹view disclaimer, instead of your marginal tax rate, up to a maximum of 47%²view disclaimer.

Case study

Details Receive pay rise as after-tax salary Sacrifice pay rise into super
Pre-tax pay rise $5,000 $5,000
Less income tax at 39%, View disclaimer2 ($1,950) (N/A)
Less 15% contributions tax (N/A) ($750)
Net amount invested $3,050 $4,250
Additional amount invested   $1,200

Important things to consider

Disclaimer1. Individuals with income from certain sources above $250,000 in 2020/21 will pay an additional 15% tax on salary sacrifice and other concessional super contributions within the cap.

Disclaimer2. Includes Medicare levy.


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