An updated super registration process will remove the ability to add the Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSFs) bank account details to online and paper applications for an ABN registration for SMSF to protect the savings of SMSF members.
New SMSFs are now required to provide the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with bank details after registration through:
- Your registered tax agent
- Online Services for business
- Calling ATO office on 13 10 20
5 MAIN REASONS WHY THIS CHANGE IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS IS IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW
SMSF is a popular way to save for your retirement, but it is important to ensure that these funds are secured and protected from fraud and unauthorized access.
Removing the ability to add bank account details during the initial registration process reduces the risk of fraud or unauthorised access to the SMSF’s bank account.
Protection of funds
Increasing the security helps to protect the savings of the SMSF members and ensures that the funds are being used for the intended purpose.
Accurate and up-to-date information
By requiring bank account details to be provided through a registered tax agent, online services for business, or by contacting ATO directly, it further increases security and helps to ensure that the bank account information is accurate and up-to-date.
Providing the bank account details through a tax agent, online services for business, or by informing ATO directly makes it harder for fraudsters to access the funds and provides an additional layer of security.
Following these and the updated super registration process ensures that SMSFs are complying with relevant regulations and laws related to their registration and operation, which in turn helps to protect the interest of the fund’s members and the integrity of the system.
Your superannuation savings are an important part of your financial future, and it’s essential to take steps to protect them from fraud and unauthorised access.
Additional steps you can take to secure your super account and keep your savings safe
Implement Additional Security Measures
One of the most effective ways to protect your super account is to implement additional security measures, such as two-factor authentication or biometric verification. Two-factor authentication requires a user to provide two forms of identification, such as a password and a fingerprint, to access the account. Biometric verification uses unique physical characteristics, such as a fingerprint or facial recognition, to confirm the user’s identity. These measures can help ensure that only authorised individuals are able to access and make changes to your super account.
Conduct Regular Account Reviews
Conducting regular account reviews and monitoring for suspicious activity is an important step in protecting your super savings. This could include monitoring for unusual transactions, changes to your personal information, or any other activity that seems out of the ordinary. By staying on top of your account activity, you can quickly detect any unauthorised access or changes to your account and take action to protect your savings.
Use a Strong and Unique Password
Using a strong and unique password can help prevent unauthorised access to your account. Avoid using easily guessable information, such as your name or birthdate, in your password. It’s also recommended to avoid sharing your personal information or login credentials with others.
Keep Your Personal Information Up to Date
Keeping your personal information and contact details up-to-date with your super fund is another important step in protecting your savings. This ensures that you are notified of any changes or suspicious activity on your account, and it also ensures that your super fund can contact you if there is any issue with your account or if they need any additional information from you.
Be aware of potential fraud and scams
It’s important to be aware of potential fraud and scams related to your superannuation account and report any suspicious activity or fraud to your super fund and relevant authorities. Scammers may try to trick you into providing personal information or login credentials, or they may try to get you to transfer money out of your account. Being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity can help protect your savings and your personal information.
Protecting your SMSF savings is crucial to ensure your financial security during retirement. The updated super registration process by removing the ability to add bank account details during the initial registration is an important step in increasing security and protecting the funds of SMSFs. It also helps to ensure accurate and up-to-date information, prevent fraud, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and laws. It is important to stay informed about the updated super registration process and any changes that are made to it and to work closely with a registered tax agent, use the online services for business, or contact ATO or your accountant directly to ensure the security and compliance of your SMSF.
With these measures in place, you can have peace of mind knowing that your super savings are secure.
If you’re looking to register an SMSF or have any questions about this updated super registration process, don’t hesitate to contact the SMSF experts at Wardle Partners Accountants & Advisors. Our team is highly experienced in navigating the registration process and can help ensure that your SMSF is set up and maintained in a compliant and secured way.