From 1 July 2018, a new measure allows older Australians to contribute the proceeds of the sale of their family home to super. Australians aged 65 and over will be able to contribute up to $300,000 per person (up to $600,000 for a couple), over and above the existing contribution limits.1 The government is hoping this measure encourages older Australians, where appropriate, to free up homes that no longer meet their needs.
There are some important things you need to be aware of to be eligible for this incentive. These include:
- The home must have been your main residence and cannot be a caravan, houseboat or other mobile home;
- You or your spouse must have owned the property for 10 years or more prior to the sale;
- The exchange of contracts for the sale occurs on or after 1 July 2018;
- The contribution must be made to your super fund within 90 days after your home changes ownership; and
- You haven’t previously made a downsizer contribution to your super from the sale of another home.
In addition to the above eligibility criteria, you will also need to complete the downsizer contribution form which will be available from the ATO closer to 1 July 2018. It’s important to note that you don’t actually have to buy a smaller house. The measure only requires you to be able to make a downsizer contribution after the sale of your home and does not require you to make any subsequent purchase.
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There may be social security implications, so it’s important that you seek financial advice prior to downsizing.
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1 The downsizer contribution is not exempt from the $1.6 million cap on savings that is allowed to be held in a tax-free superannuation pension.
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