Author Archive | Jon Kalkman

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Tax-free super is due to a social contract

The design of superannuation is part of a social contract, and people who do not understand the long-term context are often offended that super funds should be tax-free in retirement. Don’t blame Peter Costello.

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The myth about Costello’s super generosity

Peter Costello’s 2007 changes made payments from superannuation tax free after age 60 for those who are fully retired. Is he responsible for making super unaffordable which is now forcing policy changes?

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Tax-free super drives the politics of envy

Labor has been forced to exempt ‘pensioners’ from its franking credit refund policy, but the target remains the zero tax paid by large SMSFs in pension phase. That will sustain the class war.