Low Income Superannuation Tax Offset (“LISTO”)

budget-2016_17  The 2016 Budget announcement contained a proposal for a non-refundable tax offset to superannuation funds, to reduce the tax paid on concessional contributions which are made for or by low income earners.

“Low income” refers to an adjusted taxable income of $37,000 or less.

The offset is available from 1 July 2017 for 2017-18 and later years.

The offset operates in a similar manner to the “LISC” scheme which was available from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2017.

LISTO is a rebate to the super fund account of the low income member at the rate of 15% of eligible contributions, thus matching the tax on contributions, and up to a ceiling of $500. A minimum of $10 (low amounts rounded up to $10) is payable.

The rebate is paid to the super fund of the low-income taxpayer claimant.


Source: ATO

Legislation was passed (in Nov 2016) by parliament to provide a rebate of up to $500 (credited to their super fund) for low income earners with an adjusted taxable income of $37,000 or less.

The rebate applies from 1 July 2017.

The amount of the rebate is calculated as 15% of eligible super contributions, which are essentially contributions made to an approved (i.e. “eligible”) super fund.

The necessary conditions are:

  • at least one concessional contribution has been made by or for that individual in the corresponding financial year; and
  • adjusted taxable income for that income year that does not exceed $37,000
  • at least 10% of the individual’s income for the income year is from business or employment (or where in limited circumstances the Commissioner estimates that to be the case)
  • the individual’s Total Superannuation Balance must be below the Transfer Balance Cap (currently $1.6 million).
  • temporary visa holders (except NZ citizens) are excluded

Unlike the co-contribution requirements, there is no age limit on eligibility.

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This page was last modified 2018-12-20