Assigned to you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), your Tax File Number (TFN) applies for the rest of your life and its use is protected by legislation.

Although a super fund trustee is authorised to collect your TFN, it is not compulsory to provide your TFN.

If you do provide your TFN to your super fund, the fund should only use it for legal purposes.

Here are some things you should be aware of if your super fund doesn’t hold your TFN:

  • You may pay more tax on super contributions, visit the ATO website for more details
  • You might be missing out on extra contributions
  • Your super fund will not be able to accept your personal after-tax contributions into your account
  • This also means you’re unable to take part in the government co-contribution scheme

If your super fund has your TFN and you’ve given your fund permission, your fund can help you find other super accounts (including lost accounts) by searching the ATO database on your behalf.

From the search, the fund will let you know where your other accounts are, which makes bringing your super together easier.

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This article is intended to provide general information only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs.

Taxation considerations are general and based on present taxation laws and may be subject to change. You should seek independent, professional tax advice before making any decision based on this information.

The Commonwealth Bank is also not a registered tax (financial) adviser under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 and you should seek tax advice from a registered tax agent or a registered tax (financial) adviser if you intend to rely on this information to satisfy the liabilities or obligations or claim entitlements that arise, or could arise, under a taxation law.

Information in this article is up to date as at 30 September 2016.