Individual tax return instructions 2012
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This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.
The Individual tax return instructions and Individual tax return instructions supplement are print publications designed to help you to complete your individual income tax return.
See Do you need to lodge a tax return? to work out whether you need to lodge a return for 2011-12.
If you need to lodge, see the Guide to lodging your tax return to work out which option suits you best.
The supplementary section of the tax return contains items that are used by a relatively small number of taxpayers. To find out whether you will need it, see Will you need the Individual tax return instructions supplement?
You can download a sample copy from our list of forms and instructions, but sample forms are for your information only. Do not complete and lodge sample copies of tax return forms as they cannot be scanned by our electronic processing equipment.
For more comprehensive information about the questions asked in your tax return, go to Individual tax return instructions 2012.
Other publications you may need to refer to are listed in Referred publications and rulings 2012.
Individual tax return instructions 2012 (82 pages) [2.22MB]
Individual tax return instructions supplement 2012
Short tax return instructions
Short tax return eligibility criteria
Not everything can be covered in Individual tax return instructions. Sometimes, you will be referred to other publications that will help you to understand your tax obligations and complete your tax return. Some publications are essential to complete some items.
All the publications and rulings referred to in Individual tax return instructions are listed in Referred publications and rulings 2012.
If you wish to calculate the amount of your refund or debt, you can use the following tools:
This tool will help you to calculate the tax you owe on your taxable income. It will not calculate any:
You can use this calculator for an estimate of your tax refund or debt for the 2009-10 to 2011-12 income years.
It will estimate your tax payable and will also calculate:
It will take these, along with other tax credits, into account in estimating your tax refund or debt.
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