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The Government has announced that the ATO will take over the running of the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House.

Editor: The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online service that helps small businesses with 19 or fewer employees meet their superannuation guarantee obligations by allowing employers to pay superannuation contributions in one transaction to a single location (currently administered by Medicare) to reduce red tape and compliance costs.

According to the Government, the ATO is best placed to increase the take up rate of the Clearing House, as they have access to data on who is eligible for this free service, and employers will be able to remit their compulsory superannuation payments directly to the ATO (which will then distribute contributions to individual accounts).

This move will be followed by an extensive consultation process so the Government can better understand superannuation compliance cost concerns and develop further options to reduce these costs.