In February 2023, the Government announced an intention to pursue an increase in the tax rate applying to superannuation earnings on member balances over $3 million.
The new tax is stated to apply from 1 July 2025 but is still subject to legislation being drafted and passed.
Treasury have now released a Consultation Paper seeking public comment on the proposed tax design approach.
The Consultation Paper outlines the preferred approach is to impose a new 15% tax directly on individuals based on the changes to their total superannuation balances during an income year to the extent that their balances exceed $3 million at year end. Adjustments are made for withdrawals and net contributions made during a year.
We made a submission to Treasury confirming that we do not support the current policy design approach, principally by reason that taxing unrealised capital gains is a radical departure from the current system of taxing income in Australia which cannot be supported and due to the lack of indexation of the $3 million threshold, which would significantly broaden the reach of the new tax beyond its stated scope over time.
You can read our submission below.
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