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ATO alerts issued for unclaimed super

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will be contacting 80,000 individuals, starting this week, to alert them of unclaimed super.

An email campaign will alert members about ATO-held unclaimed super money from 5 April. On 16 April, 20,000 letters and SMS will be sent.

The ATO currently holds unclaimed super money for around 5.38 million accounts, totalling $3.75 billion as at 30 June 2017. These alerts will form part of a number of strategies used by the Tax Office to reunite individuals with their unclaimed super.

To claim unclaimed super money, individuals must create a myGov account which is linked to ATO online services.

If you need assistance with unclaimed super, do not hesitate to contact our office today.

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Income stream within an SMSF

March 18, 2019

One of the best ways to ensure regular, flexible and tax-effective income as a pensioner is through an income stream from your SMSF. As a member, you can receive an income stream in a reoccurring series of benefit payments from your super fund.

Income streams from an SMSF are usually account-based, which means that the amount allocated to the pension comes directly from a member’s account. Once an account-based pension commences, there is an ongoing requirement for the trustees of the superannuation fund to ensure the pension standards and laws are met.

Standards that must be met in order for SMSFs to pay income stream pensions include:

SMSF trustees may need to amend fund trust deeds to meet the minimum pension standards. For more information on how to do this, you should consult a legal adviser. Records must be kept of pension value at commencement, taxable elements of the pension at commencement, earnings from assets that support the pension and any pension payments made.