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ATO investigating early super release tax avoidance

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is investigating Australians for possible breaches of anti-avoidance laws for drawing down on their super under the government’s early access scheme. despite not suffering reduced hours of work or wages, or using the scheme to avoid paying tax.

The ATO stated that in some cases it had stopped applications and prevented super money being released. In other cases, it had reviewed circumstances after an application was processed to ensure the integrity of the program.

The ATO is drawing upon a variety of data sources to check if claims have been made incorrectly including:

  • Singe Touch Payroll (STP)
  • Income tax returns
  • Information reported to super funds
  • Third party data from agencies including:
    • Services Australia
    • Home Affairs

Australians found to have provided false or misleading information could face penalties of more than $12,000 for each false and misleading statement.

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