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May 16, 2020

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19

Along with a number of Government and state based initiatives designed to help businesses and individuals cope with financial hardship due to COVID-19, individuals may be eligible to access up to $20,000 of superannuation funds early.

Implications on retirement

Before applying to access super under the stimulus initiative, it is important to check eligibility criteria and to understand the impact on retirement savings both short and long-term and other implications on individual circumstance.

Read our article on ‘Proceeding with caution’ here and ‘How to rebuild retirement savings’ here.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must satisfy one or more of the following:

  • You are unemployed.
  • You are eligible to receive a job seeker payment, youth allowance for jobseekers, parenting payment (which includes the single and partnered payments), special benefit or farm household allowance.
  • On or after 1 January 2020, either
    • you were made redundant
    • your working hours were reduced by 20% or more
    • if you were a sole trader, your business was suspended or there was a reduction in turnover of 20% or more.

How to apply

Applications must be lodged via the ATO MyGov website before 30 June 2020 to access an amount of up to $10,000.

A second application of $10,000 may be applied for between 1 July and 24 September 2020.

Step 1)

Log in to your MyGov account through https://my.gov.au/. If you don’t have an account, create a MyGov Account portal here. To link the ATO to your MyGov account, click here.

Step 2)

Select the ATO service.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 3)

Click the ‘view’ button to the right of the COVID-19 section.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 4)

Click the ‘apply’ button on the right of the ‘early release of super’ section.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 5)

Read the important information on the Coronavirus – Early release of super page before clicking ‘apply’.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 6)

Check each box after confirming eligibility details and reading the relevant information before clicking ‘next’.

IMPORTANT: Once an application is submitted it cannot be changed. Only one application per financial year is accepted, even if the amount elected is less than the maximum of $10,000.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 7)

Select the reason for applying from the provided options and click ‘next’. Evidence to support the application is not required however may be requested by the ATO in the future.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 8)

All accumulation accounts the ATO has on record for you will be displayed. However balances may not reflect current account balances. If the balance is not sufficient, please check with your fund.

Money may be chosen to be withdrawn from multiple accounts provided the total is no more than $10,000.

Account details are required for the account where the funds are to be deposited.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

Step 9)

Check all information displayed on the summary screen is correct. Read the important Declaration information before clicking ‘submit’.

How to Apply for Early Super Access - COVID-19
How to Apply for Early Super Access – COVID-19

What happens next?

The ATO was assess the application and determine if you are eligible for a release. The ATO will then send that determination to you and the nominated super fund/s. This process is expected to take a few days. The super fund will then process the release to you.

Want to know more?

With the equity markets and Government support packages frequently changing, we are continually updating and creating new tools and information for you. To review the latest materials on COVID-19, please click here. This page will be regularly updated, so please check back in from time to time.

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