• E-tax 2013 paper lodgment

    If you are unable to lodge your tax return online, you can still use e-tax to prepare it. You will then need to print it out, sign it and post it to us. The processing time will be the same as for other paper returns (six to eight weeks).

    Before you print a copy of the tax return, follow the steps below.

    Step 1

    Prepare your tax return using e-tax 2013. If you have already used e-tax to prepare your tax return, open your existing e-tax file.

    You can only open the current year's e-tax files using e-tax 2013.

    Step 2

    Navigate to the Lodgment section of e-tax. This can be done by either:

    • clicking Lodgment in the Navigator on the left-hand side of the screen, or
    • selecting Lodgment in the Menu bar and then choosing 'Start lodgment process'.

    Step 3

    You will be presented with a screen titled:

    • Errors
    • Review, or
    • Checklist.

    If your screen is titled:

    • Errors, you will need to fix those errors - go to step 4.
    • Review, go to step 5.
    • Checklist, go to step 6.

    Step 4

    Correct all validation errors by following the instructions on the screen or in the help file and then navigate back to the Lodgment section.

    If your screen is now titled:

    • Review, go to step 5.
    • Checklist, go to step 6.

    Step 5

    Review the items at the Review screen. When you have finished, click Yes at the bottom of the screen.

    Step 6

    Review the Checklist information, then click Next.

    Step 7

    When you have read the taxpayer's declaration, click Printing in the Navigator.

    Step 8

    Select the items you wish to print and click the Preview or print button, followed by the Print button at the top right-hand side of your screen.

    Step 9

    Attach, if required:

    • your tax return supplementary section
    • a business and professional items schedule
    • any additional information attachments.

    Step 10

    Sign and date the taxpayer's declaration on page 10 of your tax return. If you are required to attach additional documents, sign and date those where appropriate.

    Step 11

    Post your tax return to the following address:

    Australian Taxation Office
    GPO Box 9845

    The address must appear on your envelope as shown. Do not replace the words 'IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY' with the name of your capital city (unless you are lodging from outside Australia). Because of a special agreement with Australia Post, there is no need for you to include the name of your capital city or a postcode.

    If you are lodging from outside Australia, replace IN YOUR CAPITAL CITY with SYDNEY NSW 2001 AUSTRALIA.


    • Last modified: 26 Jun 2013QC 17333