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  • Notification of a deceased person

    You may officially notify us of a person’s death and of who has been appointed as the executor or administrator:

    Note: If you're a legal practitioner (LP) you can't notify us online. You must lodge the required documents and information by mail – see Information for legal practitioners.

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    Online – using the Australia Post service

    Follow these three simple steps to notify us online:

    • Online form      
    • Print summary    
      • After submitting your online form, print the summary – you'll need it for your interview at Australia Post.
       
    • Australia Post interview    
      • To complete the notification process, visit the Australia Post office locatorExternal Link or phone 13 13 18 to find a participating retail outlet where you can present your printed summary and supporting documents. You must present these within 30 days of submitting your online form.
      • You can either book an appointment or simply attend a participating Australia Post retail outlet for an interview. Bookings are not essential.
       

    Note: If more than one legal personal representative (LPR), such as an executor or administrator, needs to be added as an authorised contact, each will need to complete and submit their own online form.

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    Supporting documents

    You must bring the death certificate to your interview at Australia Post.

    We'll accept only current unaltered original documents, or copies that have been appropriately certified. Documents that have been corrected or changed and initialled are not acceptable.

    If you don't provide an acceptable death certificate at the interview, your summary will be returned to you and your notification will remain incomplete.

    If you don't have the death certificate, phone us on 13 28 61 – we may still be able to add some information about the person’s death to our records over the phone.

    Information for legal personal representatives

    To become the LPR you need to provide one of the following supporting documents (in addition to the death certificate) showing that you're the executor or administrator of the deceased estate:

    • letters of administration
    • grant of probate.

    The supporting document needs to be a current original or an appropriately certified copy.

    Note: If you don't provide grant of probate or letters of administration, you won't be added as an authorised contact on the deceased person’s record. Also, we may not be able to release certain information or transfer assets to you.

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    Deceased estate data package

    If you are a LPR (executor or administrator) of an estate and have provided grant of probate or letters of administration to the ATO, you will receive a Deceased estate data package once your form has been processed.

    Additional documents

    If your supporting documents are in a previous name, you will also need to provide one of the following documents:

    • change of name by deed poll
    • change of name document
    • marriage certificate.

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    Completing and submitting the online form

    You need to review the instructions before starting a form. The information they contain will assist you in completing the form.

    When you're ready to begin, select Start New Form. The form will provide a step-by-step guide on what you need to provide.

    If you don't provide all the required information on each page, error messages will appear when you try to move to the next page. You'll need to complete these questions before you can continue with the form.

    Questions you'll be asked to answer include:

    • personal details about yourself and the deceased person
    • contact details
    • residential and postal address details.

    If you cancel or close the form before you submit it, any information you entered will not be saved.

    Once you've submitted the online form, the confirmation page provides you with:

    • a reference number
    • your summary
    • instructions on how and where to complete the notification.

    Note: There's no fee for lodging a Notification of a deceased person form.

    How to complete the notification

    You must lodge the notification in person at a participating Australia Post outlet within 30 days of submitting the online form. To locate your nearest participating Australia Post outlet, phone 13 13 18 or visit the Australia Post office locatorExternal Link.

    When attending a participating Australia Post retail outlet:

    • You must provide the death certificate as a supporting document.
    • We'll accept only unaltered original documents, or copies that have been appropriately certified – documents that have been corrected or changed and initialled are not acceptable.
    • If you don't provide an acceptable death certificate at the interview, your summary will be returned to you and the notification will remain incomplete.
    • If you are the LPR, you need to provide supporting document in addition to the death certificate, stating you are the executor or administrator of the deceased estate. If you have decided not to apply for probate or are awaiting court appointment, then a copy of the will must be provided, where available.
    • Supporting documents need to be original or an appropriately certified copy.

    Note: If you do not provide grant of probate or letters of administration you will not be added as an authorised contact on the deceased person's record – see Accessing a deceased person's information.

    Correcting form details

    If you need to correct the data in an online form you've already submitted, follow these steps:

    1. Select Modify form from the Notification of a deceased person formExternal Link home page.
    2. Log in using your reference number and your date of birth.
    3. Update the details and Submit the form again.

    You'll be issued with a new reference number. If you need to access your form again, you must use the new reference number, along with your date of birth.

    Ensure you print the new summary to take to a participating Australia Post retail outlet.

    Minimum computer system requirements

    The online form works with the following internet browsers:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or newer
    • Mozilla Firefox 10 or newer
    • Google Chrome 18 or newer
    • Apple Safari 5.1.4 or newer.

    The online form works with both Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    The online form doesn't work with mobile devices.

    Mail

    If you're a relative of the deceased, or the LPR, such as an executor or administrator of the deceased estate, you can notify us by mail.

    To notify us by mail:

    Documents that you mail to us will not be returned to you. We'll accept only certified copies of your original documents – documents that have been amended or altered in any way will not be accepted.

    It can take up to 28 business days to update the deceased person's records after we receive your form.

    Information for legal practitioners

    If you're a legal practitioner appointed by LPR, you can officially notify us of the person's death and the identity of the LPR. You must lodge the required documents and information by mail.

    To notify us by mail:

    • Attach the completed Notification of a Deceased person form (NAT 74279) signed by the LPR, plus required certified documentation.
    • Include authorisation of your appointment to act on behalf of the LPR, on your firm's letterhead.
    • mail to
      Australian Taxation Office
      PO Box 3006
      PENRITH  NSW  2640

    We will then record the LPR and you as an authorised contact on the deceased person’s record.

    Documents that you mail to us will not be returned to you. We'll accept only certified copies of the original documents – documents that have been amended or altered in any way will not be accepted.

    It can take up to 28 business days to update the deceased person's records after we receive your form.

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    Last modified: 20 May 2020QC 32562