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Low income super income tax offset (LISTO)

Section: 2.8

2.8 Low-income super income tax offset (LISTO)

What is LISTO?

If you are on a low income (earning under $37,000), you pay no personal income tax on the first $18,200 you earn and then 19% tax on any income over $18,201 up to $45,000 (in 2023/24). However all compulsory Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions paid by your employer are taxed at 15%. LISTO allows you to recpooup this 15% superannuation tax.

The LISTO is 15% of the concessional (before tax) super contributions a member or their employer pays into the super fund. The maximum payment a member can receive in a financial year is $500.


You are eligible for the LISTO if you satisfy ALL  of the following requirements:

  • you or your employer pay concessional (before tax) contributions for the year to a complying super fund - this includes super guarantee amounts
  • you earn $37,000 or less a year - to work out your eligibility, we use your actual or estimated 'adjusted taxable income' (see Income tests)
  • you have not held a temporary resident visa at any time during the income year (note that New Zealand citizens in Australia are eligible for the payment)
  • you lodge a tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from business and/or employment, or you don't lodge a tax return and 10% or more of your total income comes from your employment.

LISTO is calculated after a member lodges their tax return and is paid to their super fund. If a tax return is not lodged, the ATO will work out the entitlement based on the information it receives from the super fund and your employer.

Note: A low-income earner may also be eligible to receive super governemnet co-contributions if they make non-concessional superannuation contributions.

1 July 2023.

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Last modified: Thursday, June 29, 2023