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What is help and Sfss?

What is help and Sfss?

The Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) was a voluntary loan scheme to help tertiary students cover their expenses while they studied. This scheme closed on 31 December 2003. However, all existing SFSS debts continue to be collected through the tax system. See also: Department of Social Services: SFSS.

Are HELP and HECS the same?

These reforms were legislated by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and came into effect in 2005. Additional loan types were added and the program was renamed the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). HECS was absorbed into HELP and the scheme is now referred to as HECS-HELP.

Does HECS come out pre or post tax?

It’s a common misconception that you only start paying your Hecs debt once you graduate. In fact, you start paying it the moment your income goes over the threshold. If you’re just over the cut-off, you will have to pay 1% of your total income. And that’s pre-tax, not after.

What is the threshold for help debt?

You begin to pay back your HELP debt through the tax system once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold. The compulsory repayment threshold is different each year. The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2021-22 income year is $47,014.

Is HECS-HELP tax deductible?

In contrast to FEE-HELP tuition costs being deductible, student debt under the HECS-HELP scheme has specifically been rejected as a tax deduction under section 26-20 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Does HECS reduce taxable income?

You can benefit from salary packaging even if you have a HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) or HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) debt. When you salary package, you are using money before it gets taxed. This could reduce your taxable income – and increase your disposable income.

Why is my HECS repayment so high?

The percentage increases as your income increases, so the more you earn, the higher your repayment will be. The ATO will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include it on your income tax notice of assessment.

How can I pay off my HECS faster?

Making voluntary contributions will definitely help pay down the loan faster. Any voluntary repayments will be a credit to your HELP balance.

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