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Excess non-concessional contributions

Section: 5.6

5.6 Excess non-concessional contributions

5.6 Excess non-concessional contributions

When a member exceeds the non-concessional contributions (NCC) cap in a financial year, they have  member two options available as to how their excess NCCs will be taxed.

  • the member can elect to withdraw excess NCC plus 85 %  of the associated earnings on the excess contributions and tax is payable on the associated earnings, or
  • the member is liable to pay excess contributions tax on the excess contributions.

Election to withdraw excess non-concessional contributions

To avoid paying the excess non-concessional contributions tax, a member can elect to withdraw excess NCC plus 85% %  of the associated earnings on the excess contributions. The full amount of the associated earnings is taxed at the members marginal tax rate, but the member is entitled to a non-refundable tax offset equal to 15 %  of the associated earnings that are included in their assessable income.

Excess non-concessional contributions tax is not imposed on excess non-concessional contributions if they are withdrawn from the superannuation fund.

The ATO will issue a release authority to the super fund nominated by the member and the super fund will pay this amount directly to the ATO.

When a member completes the excess non-concessional contributions election form:

  • The ATO will send a release authority to the super fund. They pay an amount to the ATO equal to their excess non-concessional contributions  and 85% of the associated earnings amount. The super fund must action this request within 10 days.
  • The ATO will amend a member's income tax assessment by including the full amount of the associated earnings as assessable income and providing a non-refundable tax offset of 15% of these associated earnings.
  • The ATO will send a member a notice of amended assessment, which may require a member to pay an amount to the ATO.
  • The funds released to the ATO will be used to offset any ATO or Commonwealth debts against the member may have and pay any remaining balance back to the member.

Liability to pay excess non-concessional contributions tax

Excess non-concessional contributions tax may be payable by a member who has excess non-concessional contributions in a year. The tax is payable on the excess contributions at the rate of 47%.

Example: Working out how excess non-concessional contributions are taxed

In 2019/20, Larry makes a NCC and exceeds his NCC cap by $100,000. Larry already received his notice tax assessment for 2017-18 with taxable income of $140,000.

ATO will determined the associated earnings amount is $19,000 and provided Larry an excess NCC determination stating:

  • an excess contribution amount of $100,000
  • an associated earnings amount of $19,000
  • a total release amount of $116,150 ($100,000 plus 85% of the associated earnings amount of $19,000

Larry has 60 days from the issue date of the determination letter to make an election and notify the ATO.

Larry chooses option 1 - release amounts from super

Larry decides to release $116,150 from his super and have the associated earnings included in his assessable income. Larry does this by logging onto the myGov website and completing the excess NCC election form, choosing option 1 and nominating the super fund he wants the amount to be released from.

After receiving the valid election, ATO will add Larry's associated earnings amount of $19,000 to his assessment with:

  • amended taxable income of $159,000 ($140,000 plus $19,000)
  • a non-refundable tax offset of $2,850 (15% of $19,000)
  • an amount payable of $4,180

The ATO will also send a super fund a release authority requiring the fund to release $116,150 from his super.

The super fund pays the ATO the $116,150 in compliance with the release authority.

Larry chooses option 2 - pay excess NCC tax

Larry logs onto his myGov account and completes the excess NCC election form, choosing option 2 to pay excess NCC tax on $100,000. Larry also notifies the ATO of which fund he would like a release authority issued to in order to pay his tax liability.

The ATO issues Larry with an excess non-concessional contribution tax assessment for $47,000 ($47% of $100,000). The ATO sends an excess non-concessional contributions tax release authority to Larry's super fund instructing them to release $47,000 from his super. The super fund pays the $47,000 to the ATO in compliance with the release authority. The released amount will be offset against Larry's debt.

Larry does not choose an option

If the ATO does not receive a valid election form from Larry within 60 days of the determination letter issue date, Larry will automatically be defaulted into option 1 and the process of releasing the excess non-concessional contributions from his super will commence

Larry's associated earnings amount of $19,000 is added to his assessable income. A notice of amended income tax assessment is sent to Larry with the following:

  • an amended taxable income of $159,000 ($140,000 plus $19,000)
  • a non-refundable tax offset of $2,850 (15% of $19,000)
  • an amount payable of $4,180

The ATO will also send a release authority to Larry's super fund requiring the fund to release $116,150 from his super.  The super fund pays $116,150 to the ATO in compliance with the release authority. The released amount will be offset against any outstanding tax or other Australian Government debts before any remaining balance is refunded to

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Last modified: Monday, July 12, 2021