As part of the 2017 Federal Budget the Treasurer announced the First Home Super Savers Scheme to assist first home buyers fast track their savings for a deposit to purchase their first home.

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From the 1st July 2017, future first home buyers will be able to salary sacrifice into their super accounts additional funds over and above the 9.5% Super Guarantee Contributions their employers contribute to Super. Up to $15,000 can be contributed each year, up to a maximum of $30,000 in total.

The sacrificed contributions will be taxed at the normal contribution rate of 15%.The accrued amount can be withdrawn at any time provided the funds are used as some or all of the deposit towards the purchase of a first home. On withdrawal, the funds are taxed at your marginal tax rate, less a 30% tax offset.

For a couple, provided neither of you have owned a property before, this could mean up to $60,000 is available as a deposit towards the purchase of your first home.  

One thing to be aware of though is, if you decide not to proceed with a first home purchase then the funds are trapped in your Super until retirement.

Whilst some of the media reports have suggested the Government’s cap of $30,000 is too low to be a meaningful amount to help first home buyers, which is the case in the Eastern States, here in South Australia, $30,000 will go a long way, if not cover completely, all of the deposit requirements for first home buyers.

Mark Lewis is the Managing Director of Bernie Lewis

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