How to find lost or unclaimed superannuation
Forgetting about your different superannuation accounts is easy to do over a course of a career. Changes in jobs, multiple jobs, a change of address or name can all contribute to the forgetting and mismanagement of super. Whatever the reason, thanks to technology, there are easy ways to locate lost super.
Some industry reports have estimated up to one in three Australians have lost super. As of February 2012 the ATO has stated there is over 19 billion worth of lost super sitting around ready to be claimed.
Checking to see if you are one of the many Australians who might have lost super can be done in as little as 5 minutes. To identify if you have any unclaimed or lost super, simple go to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website and visit their SuperSeeker tool.
When using the tool you will need the following:
– Tax file number (TFN)
– Full name
– Date of birth
If you prefer to use the phone you can call the self-help line on 13 28 65 and for your convenience use the fast key code of 1 then 2.
Most of the larger super funds also provide their own online tools to help clients locate unclaimed or lost super.