The By Lawyers Self Managed Superannuation Guide has been updated to provide greater detail about contributions to superannuation as a result of residential downsizing.
From 1 July 2018, superannuation fund members aged 65 and over who downsize by selling their principal place of residence are able to contribute up to $300,000 from the proceeds of sale into their superannuation fund as a non-concessional contribution. Both members of a couple can take advantage of the concession for the same family home, allowing up to $600,000 per couple to be paid into superannuation from the sale proceeds of the family home.
Downsizing contributions are exempt from inclusion in the $1.6 million total superannuation balance cap. Instead, the contribution is included when the total superannuation balance is recalculated at the start of the new financial year.
This measure is available to superannuation fund members who have held their principal place of residence for 10 years or more, for contracts that are exchanged after 1 July 2018. The contribution must be made to the fund within 90 days of settlement of the sale.
Importantly, despite the term ‘downsizing’, there is in fact no requirement to purchase another home.
For more information about superannuation contributions, see the By Lawyers Self Managed Superannuation Funds Guide.