70pc slugged by combined super, pension changes

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Sep-16

The Australian Government has produced a briefing paper which shows that low-income earners stand to gain the most from proposed changes to the pension assets test and the superannuation tax regime. The paper shows that the reforms, which are slated to take effect in 2017, will adversely affect everybody except those on the lowest 30 per cent of incomes. Meanwhile, a report produced on behalf of the Institute of Public Affairs concludes that the Government’s super tax reforms will hit middle-income earners in particular.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED

Super cuts ‘will leave people poorer’

Original article by Sarah Martin
The Australian – Page: 4 : 12-Sep-16

The Institute of Public Affairs warns that the Australian Government’s proposed superannuation tax reforms will adversely affect the retirement income of the people it targets. Simon Breheny of the IPA says the reforms will slash the retirement income of middle-income earners to about 58 per cent of their pre-retirement earnings. In contrast, he notes that people on low incomes can expect to receive almost 90 per cent of their pre-retirement income. Breheny argues that the Government should provide super tax relief for people on middle incomes.

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INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Morrison ‘to launch super law in stages’

Original article by Phillip Hudson
The Australian – Page: 4 : 7-Sep-16

The draft legislation for some elements of the Australian Government’s proposed superannuation tax reforms will be release on 7 September 2016. However, Treasurer Scott Morrison is still negotiating with backbenchers regarding some aspects of the reforms, including the $A500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions. Further aspects of the super reforms will be released in coming weeks. Morrison has stressed that the reforms are necessary to rein in the Budget deficit.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Morrison insists cuts come from super

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 31-Aug-16

Negotiations over the Federal Government’s proposed changes to superannuation are likely to continue until October 2016. Progress is likely to be slow as Treasurer Scott Morrison insists that any revenue lost through amendments must be replaced by changes within superannuation. The Government’s budget repair initiatives will also be difficult to implement.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, TD SECURITIES

PM’s new super obstacle

Original article by David Crowe
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Aug-16

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has signalled that the Australian Labor Party is prepared to support proposed superannuation reforms if the Federal Government agrees to further compromises. Labor wants the lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions to apply from 2016 rather than 2007. It will also push for the threshold for an increase in the contributions tax to be reduced to $A200,000 rather than $A250,000 as proposed by the Government. At present, people earning at least $A300,000 a year pay a contributions tax of 30 per cent instead of 15 per cent.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

Super contributions slump after reforms unveiled

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 6 : 24-Aug-16

Data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority shows that personal contributions to superannuation funds fell by 11.3 per cent, or $A811m, in the June 2016 quarter. The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s acting CEO Jim Minto says the figures could indicate that confidence in the super system has been undermined by the uncertainty surrounding the Federal Government’s proposed super reforms.

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AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY, THE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERANNUATION FUNDS OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, FINANCIAL SERVICES COUNCIL, AMP LIMITED – ASX AMP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Labor: pass our budget cuts too

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Aug-16

The Australian Government’s $A6.5bn spending cuts will be presented to Parliament in a single bill. The Australian Labor Party has yet to decide its position on several of the 21 measures in the "omnibus" bill, but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that if the Government wants Labor’s support for its spending cuts it should in turn vote in favour of the $A8.1bn worth of cuts that Labor has proposed. Meanwhile, the proposed lifetime cap on non-concessional superannuation contributions will be increased to $A750,000 after Treasurer Scott Morrison reached a compromise with Coalition MPs, although it will still be backdated to 2007.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, NATIONAL PRESS CLUB (AUSTRALIA), AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE

Morrison mulls super cap retreat

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 19-Aug-16

The Australian Government may make further changes to its proposed lifetime cap on non-concessional superannuation contributions. Treasurer Scott Morrison is considering options such as lifting the proposed cap from $A500,000 to $A750,000 or leaving it unchanged but not backdating it to 2007. Meanwhile, Morrison has stressed that inheritances or lottery wins will not be regarded as "life events" that will qualify for an exemption from the lifetime cap. H has also ruled out any changes to the policy on limiting retirement balance transfers to $A1.6m.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY

Windfalls exempt from super cap

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 9-Aug-16

Australians who receive large sums of money as a result of "life events" will be offered an exemption from the proposed $A500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional superannuation contributions. "Life events" include accident-related compensation payments, lottery wins and divorce settlements. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has stressed that the proposed cap on super contributions is necessary to make the super system more equitable.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, ARRIUM LIMITED – ASX ARI

Tax reform taskforce to shut down

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 4-Aug-16

The Federal Government is believed to have decided to wind up the Tax White Paper Unit, which has operated within the Treasury since March 2015. The taskforce is likely to cease to operate within weeks. The Government seems to be unwilling to consider tax reforms other than changes to superannuation and the company tax rate.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS AUSTRALIA (INTERNATIONAL) PTY LTD