Labor proposes to tighten super tax belt

The Federal Opposition has proposed further to tighten superannuation tax concessions in its reform package, which it says will deliver $1.4 billion in savings over the forward estimates and $18.9 billion over the medium term.

Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, said in a statement that the current super system provided half of all tax concessions to the top 20 per cent of income earners, and said it was not fiscally sustainable.

"Malcolm Turnbull's retrospective changes undermined confidence in the retirement system and sparked another civil war inside the Liberal Party," Bowen said in a statement.

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"After caving into George Christensen, the Government has announced a revised package which overwhelmingly benefits high-income earners, opens new tax loopholes, and fails to deliver substantial budget repair."

Labor has proposed to lower the annual non-concessional contributions cap to $75,000, saying the Government's proposal for a $100,000 annual cap on non-concessional contributions were still too generous.

It also noted Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) analysis, which showed 0.7 per cent of taxpayers made non-concessional contributions worth more than $100,000 in 2012/13, while 86 per cent of taxpayers made none.

Labor also proposed that those earning $200,000 or more a year should pay a 30 per cent tax rate on concessional superannuation contributions rather than 15 per cent, down from the Government's $250,000. Labor added less than four per cent of taxpayers would be impacted by this change.

Labor also opposed allowing for catch-up concessional contributions and tax deductibility for personal superannuation contributions, arguing this tax loophole would mostly favour high-income earners, and would cost the budget around $12.3 billion over the next decade.

The PBO's costing of Labor's proposals showed it would save $4.5 billion to 2019/20 and $32.6 billion to 2026/27.

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It's not over! Put those strategies on hold, again......

As usual very short sighted crap from the Socialists, so how do they propose to fund all longer term social welfare including pension? I think this is a just a case of unions at it again. Hopefully the silent majority will wake up to this before the next election.

I think it is time for ALL politicians to start receiving SGC for their superannuation, and also not be able to access their funds until they meet a condition of release. Perhaps if they had to play by the same rules as everyone else, they would stop messing with the system so much.

Simple Simon all pollies elected since 2004 are in SG funded accumulation accounts. The changing of the guard is already happening. Googling is easy, even if you are simple.

At 15.4%. They need to be funded only at the standard SGC rates.

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