Did you know you can make super contributions for your spouse?
While there are certain conditions, it’s worth considering because you may be eligible for an income tax offset if your spouse's total income* for the 2016/17 financial year is less than $13,800 or $40,000 for the 2017/18 and later financial years. You may be able to claim an income tax offset of up to $540.
You can make super contribution to your spouse if they are not aged 70 or over.
If your spouse is aged between 65 and 69, they will need to have been in paid work for a minimum of 40 hours over 30 consecutive days during the financial year in which you want to make the super contribution on behalf of your spouse.
For more information on spouse contributions, please refer to Superannuation spouse contribution tax offset or visit www.ato.gov.au.
* 'total income' for these purposes is assessable income + reportable fringe benefits + reportable employer superannuation contributions
Things you should know
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