Your guide to superannuation guarantee (SG) contributions
October 22, 2020
For many workers in Australia, the superannuation guarantee (SG) plays a critical role in saving for retirement.
The most common way to prepare for a comfortable retirement is by growing your super, and the SG ensures that you continue building your nest egg throughout your working life.
To learn more about the superannuation guarantee, we have prepared a guide on SG contributions and what they mean for you.
What is the superannuation guarantee (SG)?
The superannuation guarantee is the minimum contribution amount that your employer makes into your super fund on your behalf.
Employers are legally required to make SG contributions to eligible employees, which make up part of their renumeration.
The current SG rate is 9.5 per cent, which is determined by the Australian government and set to rise incrementally over time.
SG contributions are concessional contributions, which have an annual cap of $25,000 for the 2020/21 financial year.
Who is eligible for the superannuation guarantee?
There are a range of employees who are eligible for the superannuation guarantee.
Employees who receive $450 or more before tax in a calendar month are entitled to super guarantee contributions with their wages.
Workers who are 18 or under, or classified as private or domestic workers, need to work more than 30 hours per week to be eligible for SG contributions.
What is the superannuation guarantee charge?
The superannuation guarantee charge is a penalty for employers that do not pay the minimum SG amount into the correct super fund by the due date.
The SG charge, which isn’t tax deductible, is made up of the SG shortfall amounts, interest on those amounts, and a $20 administration fee per employee, per quarter. The interest amount is currently 10%.
Employers need to report and rectify any missed superannuation guarantee payments by lodging an SGC statement to the Australian Tax Office.
If you know that you are going to miss the due date for lodging the SGC statement, you should request an extension of time to lodge the statement.
Speak to your financial advisor if you have questions about the superannuation guarantee charge or need help lodging an SGC statement.
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