Some components of transfers from a foreign super fund count as a contribution. There are limits on the amount of contributions you can make to your Australian super fund in a financial year before additional tax applies. These limits depend on whether contributions are concessional or non-concessional.
If you use this form to choose that your super fund pays tax on the earnings component of the transfer, that amount will not count towards the contribution caps.
The following example shows how components of a foreign super fund transfer are counted against the contribution caps. All amounts are in Australian currency.
Example - contributions caps
David had $50,000 in a foreign super fund when he became an Australian resident.
Four years later, the earnings on the fund were $8,000, giving a total balance of $58,000. David transfers $60,000 to his Australian super fund - that is, $2,000 more than the amount vested in him at the time of the transfer. This additional amount was allocated by David's former foreign employer as an additional discretionary payment (a 'golden handshake' in recognition of years of service).
David completes this form, choosing that his Australian super fund pays tax on the $8,000 earnings component, and provides it to his Australian super fund.
David's Australian super fund reports information about his foreign fund transfer to us. Based on the information they provide we treat each component of the transfer as follows:
- $50,000 (the whole amount he held when he became a resident) counts towards David's non-concessional contributions cap.
- $2,000 (his 'golden handshake') counts towards David's concessional contributions cap.
- The remaining $8,000 (the earnings he chose his super fund to pay tax on) does not count towards either of David's contributions caps. If he had not made this choice they would have counted towards his non-concessional cap.
Section A: Your Australian super fund details
Provide the details of the complying Australian super fund that your foreign super entitlement was transferred to, including:
- the super fund's Australian business number (ABN), which can be found at Super Fund Lookup or on correspondence your fund sends you
- your account number with the fund - this helps the fund identify you and can be found on the annual statement your fund sends you.
Section B: Your details
Provide your name, address and other details to help your super fund identify you.
If your fund does not have your tax file number (TFN), you will need to provide it to make sure:
- the fund is able to accept your contributions, including the transfer from your foreign super fund
- you do not have to pay additional tax on other contributions, such as employer contributions.
Section C: Your foreign super fund details
Provide the details of the foreign super fund that transferred the super benefits on your behalf.
Section D: Transfer and tax choice
Provide details of the total transferred from your foreign super fund.
Choose the amount that your Australian super fund will pay tax on (in Australian dollars).
This amount cannot be more than the earnings or growth in your super entitlement between the date when you became an Australian resident and the date the amount was transferred to your Australian super fund. You must calculate this amount using information provided by your foreign super fund before making this choice.
Section E: Declaration
Read the declaration. If all the information you have provided is correct, print your full name, sign and date the declaration.
Send the original completed form to your Australian super fund. Keep a copy for your records.
Do not send this completed form to us. The information on this form is for you and your Australian super fund.
For more information about completing your Choice to have your Australian fund pay tax on a foreign super transfer, refer to Tax treatment of transfers from foreign super funds (NAT 11725).
If you cannot download the PDF version, a paper copy of the form may be posted to you by phoning our information line on 13 10 20 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
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Last Modified: Thursday, 19 July 2012