jmhMost people will probably be aware of the changes to superannuation guarantee contributions but what do these changes mean for employers?

All employers need to be aware that the changes to the superannuation regime will increase employers’ superannuation obligations. Starting from 1 July 2013 the compulsory contributions rate will increase from 9% to 9.25%.

Superannuation regime

The changes introduced by way of the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Amendment Act 2012 means that compulsory superannuation guarantee contributions will increase over a seven year period, from the current rate of 9% to 12%.

The increases will be gradual, as follows:

Income year                           Charge percentage

Starting 1 July 2013-2014          9.25%

Starting 1 July 2014-2015          9.5%

Starting 1 July 2015-2016          10%

Starting 1 July 2016-2017          10.5%

Starting 1 July 2017-2018          11%

Starting 1 July 2018-2019          11.5%

Starting 1 July 2019-2020          12%

Removal of the Upper Age Limit

The Act also has an impact for employers when it comes to paying superannuation guarantee contributions to employees over the age of 70. Currently, employers are not obliged to make payments in respect of employees who are age 70 and over. However, from 1 July 2013 employers will be obliged to make superannuation contributions for all their employees. The changes will also ensure that employers will be able to claim income tax deductions for superannuation guarantee contributions made to employees aged 70 and over from 1 July 2013.

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