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$500 Low Income Super Contribution

Posted on 31 October 2013


If you or your employer paid concessional (before tax) contributions to a complying superannuation fund you may be eligible for the low income superannuation contribution (LISC).

The LISC is a government payment designed to help offset the tax paid by superfunds for low income individuals. The LISC is 15% of the concessional contributions paid into your super fund during the financial year. The maximum payment that you can receive is $500.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • you or your employer paid concessional (before tax) contributions to a complying super fund – this includes super guarantee amounts
  • you earn $37,000 or less a year – to work out your eligibility for payment, the ATO will use your actual or estimated ‘adjusted taxable income’
  • you have not held a temporary resident visa at any time during the income year
  • you lodge an income tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from business and/or employment OR you do not lodge an income tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from employment.

How will I receive the money?

For our Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) clients our office will receive the cheques and forward them to you – please ensure that they are deposited into your SMSF’s bank account. If you have an industry superannuation fund, you do not need to do anything. Once your tax return has been lodged and the fund has reported your contributions to the ATO, the LISC will be paid directly to your super fund account.

You can confirm whether or not a payment has been received by reviewing your year-end member statement.

Should you have any queries regarding the LISC please contact our office.

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