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Tips to speed up tax refunds

Many problems can occur when processing activity statements and tax returns which can lead to a delay in issuing refunds. However often these problems are often caused by small issues and can be easily avoided.

Here is a list of tips to help minimise some of the issues that can prevent a speedy tax refund:

-Keep personal details, such as postal address, bank details and authorised contacts, updated

-Lodge all outstanding activity statements, the ATO are unable to process the refund until they know the extent of the credit

-Keep the statement clean. This involves not writing notes outside the space provided, do not use symbols and do not double up by lodging both online and in person

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Reviewing your super

July 19, 2018

The ATO is encouraging taxpayers to review their super this tax time.

Finding lost super or consolidating any unwanted multiple accounts can make a massive difference to your nest egg.

There is over $18 billion in lost and unclaimed super. Those who have changed their name, address, job or lived overseas are at high risk of having lost super.

During the last five years, more than $10.7 billion of super has been consolidated from over 2.1 million accounts through ATO online services.

The ATO is also reminding taxpayers that the new super deduction is available. Most people under 75 years of age can claim a tax deduction for personal after-tax super contributions.

Personal super contributions deductions provide a level of flexibility for young people that change jobs frequently, self-employed contractors, small business employees, freelancers and people whose employers do not offer salary sacrifice arrangements.

To claim a deduction for any personal super contributions made in 2017/18, you must lodge a notice of intent to claim a deduction with your fund and receive a confirmation letter from them before lodging your tax return.