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  • Excise return and instructions

    These instructions will help you to complete the Excise return form (NAT 4285).

    Complete an Excise return to:

    • report excise liabilities arising under a periodic settlement permission (PSP) – returns need to be lodged for every period (usually weekly or monthly, in accordance with your PSP), even if you haven't delivered any goods for the period
    • request authorisation to deliver excisable goods into home consumption.

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    About the form

    You must use the updated Excise return form from 1 July 2021 to apply a remission under the Excise remission scheme for manufacturers of alcoholic beverages (Remission scheme) to goods entered for home consumption on or after 1 July 2021. If an outdated form is used, the remission cannot be applied.

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    Last modified: 24 Jan 2022QC 21424