You can now get early access to your super – but beware
Individuals suffering from COVID-induced financial stress will be able to get early access to up to $20,000 of their superannuation.
Eligible individuals can apply online through myGov for access to:
- $10,000 of their superannuation before 1 July 2020
- $10,000 of their superannuation in the three months after 1 July 2020
These early withdrawals will be tax-free.
Eligible Australians include those who are unemployed or whose working hours have been reduced by at least 20% since 1 January 2020.
Sole traders will also be eligible if, since 1 January, their business has been suspended or they’ve had a reduction in turnover of 20% or more
However, early access to your precious retirement savings should usually be as an absolute last resort. First, see if you can:
- Draw on other savings
- Access other government relief packages
- Tap into any equity you might have
The best person to speak with about these changes would be your financial advisor.
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