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2014 lodgement changes

From 1 April 2014 taxpayers will be required to provide their financial institution account (FIA) details when lodging fringe benefit tax returns.

From 1 July 2014 taxpayers will be doing the same for tax return lodgements, even if the details have been provided before.

These requirements were first put in place for individual tax return lodgements and took effect on 1 July 2013.

Providing FIA details will allow the ATO to issue any resulting refund by electronic funds transfer to the FIA that is nominated.

Electronic funds transfer is the fastest and most secure way for taxpayers to receive their refund. It is convenient for both the ATO and the taxpayer and it ensures the refund is paid directly into a nominated bank, credit union or building society account. Alternatively, taxpayers can speak with their tax agent about using their trust account, if they operate one.

It is important that taxpayers ensure their FIA details are correct when lodging as this will help to prevent delays in receiving their refund, and also ensures that their money does not go into the wrong account.

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What to consider when consolidating your super

August 27, 2020

The ATO reported that 45% of working Australians were not aware that they had multiple super accounts in 2016. Having multiple super accounts is particularly common for individuals who have had more than one job. If this is you, it is important to identify and manage your super accounts because having more than one can be costly as a result of account fees from multiple funds.To combat this, you may want to consolidate your super, which moves all your super into one account. Not only does this save on fees, but it also makes your super easier to manage and keep track of.

Before consolidating your super, it is important to do the following:

Research your funds’ policy
Compare your active super accounts so you can make the right choice about which one you should close. Things to assess include:

Check employer contributions
Changing funds may affect how much your employer contributes, as some employers contribute more to certain funds. Check your current accounts to see if changing funds will affect this. Once you have selected a super fund, regardless of whether you choose a new super fund or one of your existing ones, provide your employer with the details they need to pay super into your selected account.

Gather the relevant information
When consolidating your super, you will need to have the following details ready: