Temporary early release of super


The Government has introduced a package of measures to provide assistance to eligible individuals financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including the temporary early release of super, a single payment of up to $10,000 in both the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 financial years. Read more about the relief here.

Clients can now submit applications via the ATO to request a payment of up to $10,000 in the 2019/2020 financial year.

Here are some points to consider if you have clients wishing you to access their super.

Is there a sufficient amount in their transaction account?

To help us process early payment requests as quickly as possible, please consider whether any of your clients who wish to make a withdrawal have sufficient cash available in their transaction account.

If a client does not have sufficient cash in their account to cover the withdrawal amount, we will trigger a drawdown based on the client’s existing default strategy. This may delay the payment of the withdrawal to clients.

Will the client's account balance fall below the minimum?

We will waive the standard minimum account balance and will provide as much of the requested amount to the client as possible. We will estimate the tax liability for the account and that will be the only funds reserved.

For these clients we will also turn off administration fees and any advice fees. These will be turned on again when a contribution or rollover is received into their account. 

Does the client have an insurance policy?

If the early release payment does not leave a sufficient amount in their account to cover insurance premiums, your client’s policy may be at risk of lapsing. Please ensure there is a sufficient amount in your client’s account for future insurance premiums if they would like to maintain their insurance policy.

Is the client intending to claim a tax deduction for personal contributions?

If you have clients who were intending to claim a tax deduction for some of their personal contributions made to the account during the current or previous financial year, they may need to lodge a ‘Notice of intent to claim or vary a deduction for personal super contributions’ form to confirm their intent to claim a tax deduction for those contributions before the early releases payment is processed.

If the redemption request is received from the ATO and actioned prior to receipt of this intent to deduct notice, the client may not be able to claim a deduction for some or all of the contributions that have been made.

More information about the temporary release of super relief announced

Who can access the relief?

Eligible citizens and permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand, as well as eligible temporary residents may apply if they meet the criteria below.

Eligibility info from ATO can be found here:

To apply for this, your client must satisfy any one or more of the following requirements:

At the time of application, they were:

  • unemployed; or
  • eligible to receive a job seeker payment, youth allowance for jobseekers, parenting payment (including single and partnered payments), special benefit or farm household allowance; or

On or after 1 January 2020:

  • they were made redundant; or
  • their working hours were reduced by 20% or more; or
  • if they’re a sole trader – their business was suspended or there was a reduction in turnover of 20% or more.

How much super can be accessed?

If your client is eligible, they’ll be able to access a single payment up to and capped at $10,000 of their super in the 2019/2020 financial year and similarly, another single payment in the 2020/2021 financial year. They can apply for any amount up to $10,000 in each financial year and these withdrawals will be tax free. Applications for the 2020/2021 financial year will cease from 24 September 2020.

How can clients access this?

Clients can now apply to the ATO via myGov for early release of superannuation. 

The ATO will consider each application and advise if it’s approved or declined. For approved applications, the ATO will provide a copy of your client’s application to their nominated super fund, and a payment will then be made by the super fund to your client.  Your client must apply directly to the ATO via myGov and not their super fund.

My clients have an SMSF. Can they access their super early?

Members of an SMSF are also able to apply via myGov. The ATO will issue approved determinations to your client When your client’s SMSF receives the determination, they will be authorised to make the payment.

Why is my client’s account balance on myGov different to their current account balance?

Your client’s current super account balance may be lower or higher than what is shown in myGov. The amount shown in myGov is the amount last reported to the ATO. This typically represents the account balance as at the previous 30 June.

Your clients can apply for an amount higher than the balance shown in myGov (up to $10,000), provided their current balance is sufficient. This includes if a 'nil' amount is showing. For example, if you or your client has confirmed that their account balance is $8,000, but the amount showing in myGov is $0.00 they can still apply for a release up to $8,000.

We're here to help

For more information visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for Advisers or the ATO’s dedicated page at ato.gov.au/coronavirus. If you have questions you can contact us in one of the following ways:

Information current as at 16 April 2020.

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