OPINION: $28m in super ready to be pocketed

EVERY time the ATO puts out its regular press releases telling us there are millions of dollars in unclaimed super accounts, I go online checking to see if my name is amongst them.

I should know by now that I don't have a hidden war chest, although there are many who do.

The most recent data is telling us that in our 4305 poscode area alone, there are 1636 accounts that are sitting idle.

In those accounts is $29 million ready to be claimed, but we aren't the biggest.

That honour goes to residents of postcode 4740, covering the area of Mackay and surrounding suburbs, where there is $49 million ready to be handed out.

Unlike missing car keys, lost super isn't hard to find.

Over the past couple of years, the ATO has made a lot of changes to its online services that make finding and consolidating your super easier than ever.

Once you have linked your myGov account to ATO online services, you can view all your super account details, including any that has been lost or forgotten about.

For information on how to manage your super and view all your super accounts including lost and unclaimed super, visit: ato.gov.au/checkyoursuper