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  • Individual tax return instructions 2015

    What are the Individual tax return instructions?



    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    The Individual tax return instructions and Individual tax return instructions supplement are designed to help you to complete your tax return.

    Work it out:

    If you need to lodge, Lodging your tax return will help you to work out which option suits you best.

    If you are required to complete the Business and professional items schedule you cannot lodge a paper tax return. You must lodge your tax return online or use a registered tax agent. This will affect you if any of the following applied in 2014–15:

    • you were a partner in a partnership that made a loss
    • you received income for personal services you provided as a sole trader
    • you derived income or incurred a loss from any business
    • you conducted a business activity that resulted in a loss.

    Lodge online

    You can lodge online using myTax. MyTax is the free, quick, smart way to lodge online. It's web-based, so you don't need to download anything and you can lodge on any device - computer, phone or tablet.

    Get copies of forms and instructions

    All the instructions you need to complete your return are available from this website. Return forms and some instructions are also available in print.

    Individual tax return instructions

    Download Individual tax return instructions 2015 [PDF,1.55MB]This link will download a file (84 pages) here.

    Individual tax return instructions is no longer available from newsagents.

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    For more comprehensive information about the questions asked in your tax return, go to Individual tax return instructions 2015.

    Individual tax return instructions supplement

    Individual tax return instructions supplement is no longer available from newsagents.

    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?

    For comprehensive information about the questions asked in the supplementary section of your tax return, go to Supplementary tax return.

    Tax return forms

    Other schedules

    • Employment termination payment schedule (NAT 71744). You will need to complete this schedule if you received more than one employment termination payment during the year.
    • Superannuation lump sum schedule (NAT 71743). This will help you complete the Tax return for individuals. You will need to complete this schedule if you received more than one superannuation lump sum during the year.

    Referred publications and rulings

    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 2015.

    Tax rates and calculations

    If you wish to calculate the amount of your refund or debt, you can use the following tools:

    • Simple tax calculator – This tool will help you to calculate the tax you owe on your taxable income. It will not calculate any
      • Medicare levy
      • Medicare levy surcharge
      • Higher Education Loan Scheme (HELP), or
      • Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) liabilities you may have.
    • Individual income tax rates

    Contact us

    Phone the ATO

    You can phone the ATO if you need assistance with a question in Individual tax return instructions 2015 or Individual tax return instructions supplement 2015, or another matter concerning your tax affairs. If you decide to phone us, please have the instructions handy. See Phone us.

    Ask for a taxation ruling

    If you have a complex enquiry about your tax affairs, you may want to ask for a private ruling.

    To do this, complete a Private ruling application form (not for tax professionals) (NAT 13742).

    A private ruling relates only to your particular situation. Your tax return should reflect what the private ruling says. You may need to change your tax return if you lodge it before you receive your private ruling.

    The ATO publishes all private rulings on its internet site. What we publish will not contain anything which could identify you.

    Next step:

    You can ask for a review of your private ruling if you disagree with it even if you have not yet received your assessment. You can find out more about objection procedures from the ATO branch that made your ruling.

    Oral rulings

    The ATO provides oral rulings on non-complex individual non-business enquiries.

    You can apply for an oral ruling by phone. To do so you will need to confirm your identity. Your tax file number and most recent notice of assessment will usually be sufficient proof of identity.

    We will confirm your eligibility for an oral ruling by asking you a series of questions to confirm that your enquiry is eligible to be ruled on.

    To get further information on oral rulings, or to apply for a ruling, phone us on 13 28 61.

    Last modified: 15 Nov 2017QC 44236