First Home Super Saver Scheme

The Government announced a scheme that will allow first home buyers to use superannuation as a means of saving to buy their first home. They will be allowed to salary sacrifice superannuation contributions up to $15,000 per year and $30,000 in total can be contributed within existing concessional contribution limits of $25,000 per annum.  

Voluntary contributions to superannuation made by first home buyers from 1 July, 2017 will be able to be withdrawn from 1 July, 2018 for a deposit on a first home, along with associated deemed earnings. Currently, withdrawals usually cannot be made from a superannuation fund until a person has reached 55 to 60 years of age, depending on their date of birth. These concessional contributions and the associated earnings (calculated on the 90 day Bank Bill rate plus 3%) can subsequently be withdrawn from the superannuation member’s account. On withdrawal, these funds will be taxed at marginal tax rates less a 30% tax offset.

In most circumstances, the net tax paid on contributions and earnings under the scheme would be 15% and the overall net tax benefit achieved for a first home buyer who contributes and withdraws the full $30,000 and who has a marginal tax rate of 39% (including Medicare levy) will be $4,500. 

Members of a couple will each have access to the scheme (taking this to potentially $60,000 in total). Self-employed individuals and employees who are not able to access salary sacrifice will be able to claim a tax deduction on personal contributions.

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