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New Year’s resolution: getting your super in order

Thinking about your superannuation might be the last thing you feel like doing this holiday season, but you should take this opportunity to get it out of the way! Setting aside just one hour to organise your superannuation will pay off down the track, and it will stop that little voice that occasionally keeps you up worrying at night.

Here are a few things you can do to get on top of your superannuation:

1. Make sure your super fund has your TFN: If your super fund doesn’t have your TFN then your contributions will have an extra penalty tax applied

2. Check to see if you have any super with other funds from previous jobs: If you have super that is spread out between a few different accounts then it is probably being eaten away by fees. You should consolidate all of your super into a single account. Remember to do a little research into different funds and look for the lowest fees.

3. Start making additional concessional contributions: Concessional contributions are a great way to save on tax and start preparing for retirement. The earlier you start making concessional contributions the more you benefit from the miracl of compound interest.

Posted on 18 December '14 by , under Super.

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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:

  • Exit fees
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  • Investment options
  • Ongoing service fees
  • Performance of the funds

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:

  • Your tax file number.
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  • Your fund's superannuation product identification number (SPIN).
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  • Details of your previous fund.

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