For a while now, you have been able to search for your lost super accounts on the ATO website via ‘super seeker’.
This service has now just been enhanced and it now allows for ATO-held super to be transferred direct to individuals (where eligibile). Previously, ATO-held super had to be transferred to an existing super fund.
What is ATO-held super?
ATO-held super is made up of amounts paid to the ATO by employers, super funds or the government on behalf of individuals, including:
- unclaimed super money
- super guarantee amounts paid to us by employers
- superannuation holding account money (active and inactive)
- super co-contribution amounts
- low income super contribution amounts.
Claiming ATO-held super
The new functionality in myGov enables you to:
- determine your eligibility to withdraw or transfer ATO-held super to your super fund
- scan and upload any supporting documentation as part of the online claim
- use mobiles and tables to make direct claims for ATO-held super.
How can you find out if you have any ATO-held super?
You can login to SuperSeeker which is a quick search using just your name, date of birth and tax file number. This will show you any ATO-held super in your name.
Alternatively, if you register online for a MyGov account (or already have one), that will then give you further access to:
- check your super accounts that money has been paid into in the last two years
- find lost super – there are billions in lost super dollars – see if some of it is yours
- find your ATO-held super and transfer it into the super account you want
- transfer your super into the super account you want.
I hope that you are one of the lucky ones, and some of the billions of dollars of ‘lost super’ is yours!
If you do find some ATO-held super and need some advice on what to do with it, or require any further assistance in the search process, please contact us.