Superannuation 2022

Design of a sustainable superannuation system

Source: Taxation In Australia Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Jul 2022


This chapter of the Case for Change paper considers the fundamental design of the superannuation system, and the best reform options to our tax system to: (1) support a sustainable superannuation and retirement system; (2) reduce unnecessary complexity and ensure greater consistency in the various superannuation caps and thresholds; and (3) encourage improved compliance by employers with the mandatory superannuation guarantee regime. There are a number of aspects of Australia's superannuation system which are inefficient and complex. Many of these issues are interrelated. Even parliamentary committees have observed that the tax treatment is complex: contributions, earnings and benefits are partially taxed and partially deductible, the result of a pragmatic attempt to reduce tax expenditures, especially those benefiting higher-income individuals, while encouraging compliance.

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