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    An individual is required to lodge an income tax return for many reasons. Two of the more common reasons are if they paid tax during the year, or if their taxable income exceeded certain amounts.

    Individuals have from 1 July to 31 October each year to lodge their tax return, unless it is prepared by a registered tax agent. In this case, the deadline may be extended under the particular tax agent's lodgment program for that year of income, but generally not later than 15 May in the following calendar year.

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    For the 2010-11 income year:

    • 12.6 million individuals lodged income tax returns, an increase of around 258,000 from 2009-10
    • individuals declared total income of $662.0 billion, an increase of 9.3% over 2009-10. This included $499.3 billion in salary and wages
    • individuals claimed $31.5 billion in total deductions, an increase of 6.0% from 2009-10. This included $18.3 billion in work-related expenses

    individuals had taxable income of $631.3 billion, an increase of 9.3% over 2009-10, and net tax payable of $133.1 billion.

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